Headline RoundupOctober 12th, 2021

Mayorkas Tells ICE to Stop Worksite Deportation Raids

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in a memo sent Tuesday to cease mass worksite deportation raids. Mayorkas said the Biden administration would instead focus on penalizing employers who hire immigrants without work authorizations, rather than the immigrants themselves. The memo also instructed DHS officials to consider temporary legal status for unauthorized immigrants who allegedly faced labor exploitation instead of immediately placing them in deportation proceedings.

Coverage from right-rated sources often framed the announcement as an example of government overreach and an unnecessary limitation of immigration enforcement. Some coverage from left-rated sources highlighted examples of large worksite raids carried out during the Trump administration and juxtaposed them with the Biden administration's new directive.

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