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Community FAQ: February 18 ICE Enforcement Memo

Practice Advisory
Issue area
Published: Feb. 19, 2021

The February 18 memo overrides the January 20 memo and is significantly weaker. The new memo creates additional “priorities” for removal; allows ICE officers to arrest and deport people who fall into these “priorities” without prior approval; and undoes the “pause” on removals from the January 20 memo. However, the memo is clear that it is only an interim memo and that the DHS Secretary will publish new rules for ICE officers, likely within 90 days.