Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently made a major announcement that is going to have a profound ripple effect on the American people. ICE has been forced to slow down on most of their enforcement because of the coronavirus fears that are currently sweeping the nation.
The agency announced that many of their enforcement actions are about to be delayed. Individuals who do not pose an immediate safety risk will be treated accordingly. Detention is no longer a viable option in the current climate, so ICE is planning to utilize alternative methods for handling these issues.
“During the COVID-19 crisis, ICE will not carry out enforcement operations at or near health care facilities, such as hospitals, doctors’ offices, accredited health clinics, and emergent or urgent care facilities, except in the most extraordinary of circumstances. Individuals should not avoid seeking medical care because they fear civil immigration enforcement.”
The halt in these services is meant to increase the safety of the general public. Officers and agents’ welfare must also be considered at times like these. Placing individuals in detention during a viral outbreak could cause the virus to spread and leave officers with precious little protection.
ICE’s primary objectives at this time are to reduce the spread of the virus and keep citizens safe. While there are some who believe that ICE would be willing to jeopardize citizen safety during this difficult time, nothing could be further from the truth. The Trump administration is not going to engage in any sort of activities that endanger the general population.
In the meantime, ICE is using their better judgement to ensure the safety of American citizens. Violent criminals are not going to be unleashed to wreak havoc in the streets, no matter what the liberals may be telling you. The COVID-19 crisis is changing the way that every organization in the country is forced to operate.
This agency is certainly no different. They will have to take the same sort of precautions as any other law enforcement agency. While they are still going to do their best to keep the American people protected, there are precautions that need to be taken in the meantime.
Government agencies have been forced to consider the possibility of releasing various non violent offenders. If the coronavirus is given the chance to spread in a detention environment, the consequences could be dire. Enforcement operations have been suspended at a wide variety of locations as ICE does their best to get their bearings.
Urgent care facilities, doctors’ offices and accredited health care clinics are being left alone at the moment. This announcement is designed to reduce the level of fear that an undocumented immigrant will experience when it comes time to seek medical care for coronavirus related symptoms.
These citizens must be provided with the necessary treatment, so that they are not worsening the spread. It’s time for the nation to take a big picture view and from the looks of it, the government is way ahead of us on that. This is not a time to be worried about deportations and other issues of this nature.
ICE has not responded to any further questions that pertain to the detainees that they are currently holding in the state of Texas. No one knows exactly what is going to happen to the 37,000 immigrants who are awaiting their fate in the Lone Star State. Other states are also looking for additional answers on this topic.
Many of the illegal aliens that are in the custody of ICE have a criminal background and that’s why it is fair to ask. From the looks of it, we have nothing to worry about as a nation. ICE is going to do everything that they can to keep us safe and ensure the safety of their officers at the same time.
All it takes is one exposure to the virus to cause widespread illness. Younger, healthier agents could serve as a coronavirus vector and infect an entire detention center. That does not mean that these detention centers are going to open their doors and turn all of these criminals loose. This is the last thing that the ICE agency is looking to do.
None of the detainees at any of these facilities has tested positive for COVID-19, which is great news. As long as these facilities continue to take all of the necessary precautions, agents and detainees should be able to remain safe as we wait out this pandemic.
Of course, there are those who find these developments disconcerting. Now that these illegal immigrants do not have to live in fear, what is stopping them from being able to commit more crimes? At this time, Americans will need to take a step back, relax and place their trust in ICE. Hopefully, this tense situation is going to be resolved as quickly as possible, so that law enforcement can return to normalcy.