The agency’s immigration mission, 虽然, is likely to stay in the spotlight as the Biden administration tries to chart a new path and reverse the hardline policies put in place under Trump.
例如, officials have already been quietly soliciting information about trying to make sure migrants appear for their court dates once they’re let into the US by offering a range of services
, according to a post on a federal contracting website
The solicitation is indicative of the administration’s interest in moving away from detention and setting up alternatives that still ensure immigrants attend their court dates
— a move welcomed by advocates
. This comes as the administration braces for the anticipated easing of pandemic-related border restrictions
“From the immigration advocacy space, we have long campaigned the idea that these families deserve a humane dignified approach which doesn’t involve mass incarceration,” said Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service president and CEO.
在 2016, 冰 launched a pilot initiative to provide services to
” migrant families as they worked their way through the immigration system
. 一个 “Request for Information
” recently posted by ICE seeks information on similar services
, including confirming enrollment in school for school-aged children
, trafficking and safety screenings
, and providing age-appropriate and culturally sensitive services
在给CNN的声明中, ICE underscored that the “Request for Information” is solely for information and planning purposes.
Ahead of Gonzalez’s hearing Thursday, immigrant advocates made clear their expectations of him, 如果确认.
“The Biden administration has a mandate to transform ICE, and that requires the new ICE director to make bold moves,” American Civil Liberties Union Senior Policy Counsel Naureen Shah said in a statement. “New leadership must thoroughly reorient the agency to prioritize the dignity of immigrants and ensure accountability for human rights violations committed by ICE personnel.”
In addition to ICE, US Citizenship and Immigration Services and US Customs and Border Protection have been operating under acting leadership, until those selected to lead are confirmed by the Senate.
, who was selected to serve as Citizenship and Immigration Services director
, already had her hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee and was voted on favorably
. She’s now on the Senate executive calendar for a final confirmation vote
. Jaddou was formerly chief counsel at the agency under President Barack Obama and led the Biden-Harris DHS transition review team
But still missing on the calendar is Tucson
, 亚利桑那, Police Chief Chris Magnus
, whom Biden nominated to head Customs and Border Protection
. 代理商, currently helmed by acting Commissioner Troy Miller
, was confronted with an increase of migrants at the US-Mexico border this year that led to overcrowded facilities and unaccompanied children staying in custody for prolonged periods