In February 2021, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued new temporary enforcement priorities that are not as strict as those issued under the Trump administration. Although these guidelines have been designated as temporary, the U.S. government has not yet issued permanent ones for undocumented immigrants in Georgia to follow.
What are ICE enforcement priorities?
ICE enforcement priorities designate which non-citizens are at risk of deportation, detention and removal from the United States. The interim rules have three categories of risk: those who pose a risk to national security, those who pose a risk to border security, and those considered a risk to public safety. Even if you do not fall within one of the three categories, you may still be subject to arrest and deportation, so it’s important that you know your rights.
Knowing your rights is important
Knowing what rights you have is essential if you have an encounter with someone you believe is an ICE officer. You can ask whether the person is with ICE, or you can remain silent and ask to speak with an attorney. If you are inside a residence, you can refuse to open the door unless you see a warrant signed by a judge.
What if I am detained?
If you feel that you have been unlawfully detained by an ICE agent, you should seek professional assistance. Anyone who has entered the United States legally is entitled to prove that they do not fall into one of the three threat categories.
Working with immigration professionals who know the intricacies of American law can help you stay in the United States. Be aware that not all ICE officials will follow the newly instituted guidelines.