• ICE Memo to Field Officers
  • September 11, 2017
  • The head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unit in charge of deportations has directed his officers to take action against all undocumented immigrants, regardless of criminal history. In a February memo, Matthew Albence, a career official who heads the Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) division of ICE, informed his officers that "effective immediately, ERO officers will take enforcement action against all removable aliens encountered in the course of their duties." This directive is a distinct shift from previous enforcement policy that had prioritized immigrants based on the severity of their convictions.

    According to ICE statistics, as of May 2016, there were 930,000 undocumented immigrants who had been ordered deported but remained undetained in the country. Although the ICE memo recognized that space in detention facilities limits the number of undocumented workers who can be detained, ICE officials are still mandated to begin proceedings against any and all immigrants whom they encounter.