HIAS Commends New ICE Guidelines

Posted on Fri, May 01, 2009 at 14:06 pm

Strongly Urges Swift Comprehensive Immigration Reform

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, commends the new guidelines published yesterday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an agency of the Department of Homeland Security, as a step in the right direction. The guidelines call for field agents conducting immigration raids to give heightened focus to employers who violate immigration laws.
According to Gideon Aronoff, President & CEO of HIAS and Chairman of the National Immigration Forum, the leading immigrant advocacy organization in the United States: “These new guidelines are a positive shift in administration policy and show a prudent use of limited enforcement resources.

“However, an enforcement-only approach will not fix our broken immigration system and HIAS implores Congress and the White House to push forward and pass comprehensive immigration reform in 2009.”
In the past, raids focused on workers, creating trauma and hardship for undocumented immigrants and their families. The new guidelines honor family unity as they require humanitarian considerations be taken into account during raids involving more than 25 employees, rather than the previously mandated 125 employees. This will allow sole caregivers of young children to return home rather than being detained.