ACLU Statement on Reported DHS “SAFE” Agreement

January 15, 2021 4:30 pm

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WASHINGTON — With mere days left of Trump’s presidency, his Department of Homeland Security reportedly signed agreements with Arizona, Louisiana, Indiana, and the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina, requiring DHS to provide 180 day written notice before enacting a myriad of immigration policy changes. As BuzzFeed’s Hamed Aleaziz reports, this appears “to be an unusual effort to hamstring the incoming Biden administration’s goals to pause deportations, prioritize immigration arrests to only those with serious criminal backgrounds, and increase avenues to asylum.”

The following is a statement from Naureen Shah, senior advocacy and policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union:

“This is a transparent attempt by Trump officials to tie the Biden-Harris administration’s hands and preserve Trump’s grotesque immigration enforcement policy, which included a massive expansion of collaboration programs between state and local governments and ICE, like 287(g), at a profound cost to taxpayers and public safety. The Biden administration has the authority, mandate, and responsibility to break from the Trump administration’s legacy, and nothing about these reported agreements changes that reality.”

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