WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. authorities says it received’t be making routine immigration enforcement arrests at COVID-19 vaccination websites.
Vaccination websites might be thought-about “sensitive locations” and customarily off limits for enforcement actions, the Department of Homeland Security mentioned in a press release Monday.
It says arrests would solely be carried out underneath “the most extraordinary of circumstances.”
It was the most recent instance of a softer tone on unlawful immigration underneath President Joe Biden, whose administration has shortly moved to reverse main immigration insurance policies of his predecessor.
In its assertion, DHS mentioned it encourages everybody “regardless of immigration status” to obtain the vaccine when they’re eligible and that the company and its federal companions “fully support equal access to the COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine distribution sites for undocumented immigrants.”
DHS additionally oversees the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is working with different elements of the federal authorities to arrange vaccination websites across the nation.
The U.S. authorities beforehand thought-about well being clinics in addition to faculties and locations of worship as delicate areas the place it will usually not perform enforcement actions. Over the years, that prompted some individuals to take refuge in church buildings to keep away from deportation.
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