Living in the United States without legal status has never been more stressful. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has regularly been visiting homes of undocumented immigrants, arresting them, and attempting to deport them to their home countries.
The calls keep rolling into my office from voices nervously asking the question “What are the chances that ICE will come looking for me?
On November 20, 2014 the Department of Homeland Security published a memorandum called “Policies for the Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants.” You can read the full memorandum here:
Basically, the Department of Homeland Security states that if you are not in one of three Enforcement Priorities, they won’t likely touch you. These priorities are:
While these priorities do NOT include an offender with a single DUI, we have seen time and time again the ICE has arrested undocumented immigrants with just one DUI convictions.
For those who do fall into one of these priorities, there may be many things you can do to reduce the chances of being arrested by ICE. The best ways to remove yourself from the ICE priority list is to