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Amongst the many changes occurring under the new presidential administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will review and reassess immigration enforcement practices under President Biden’s recently issued executive order. This is expected to result in a shift to prioritize the deportation of offenders who pose a threat to national security or have been convicted of serious crimes.
Due to this redirection, the DHS announced a 100-day pause of removals of certain noncitizens to ensure that enforcement is fair and effective. The pause went into effect on January 22, 2021.
However, only days after DHS issued this memorandum a federal judge temporarily blocked the deportation stay under the grounds that President Biden’s order violates agreements between DHS and states like Texas and Arizona.
The moratorium was only in effect for five days before the federal court ruling. The Justice Department is expected to appeal the court’s decision.
If you have any questions or concerns about your status, contact our qualified immigration attorneys today!