ICE deports hundreds despite Biden's campaign pledge to stop removals

by Laura Mize · Feb 2nd, 2021 10:45 am

Last Updated Feb 3rd, 2021 at 10:02 am

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has removed hundreds of people who were in the country illegally since President Joe Biden took office.

The removals run contrary to Biden's campaign promise to stop most deportations in the early days of his presidency. A federal judge last week ruled against a 100-day pause on most deportations, which Biden's acting director of Homeland Security enacted during the first week of Biden's administration. The judge's order does not require ICE to actually schedule deportations.

Over two days last week, ICE deported 284 people to Jamaica and Guatemala. More deportations were scheduled for February 1.

A Democratic Congressional representative for Texas expressed unease with the government carrying out deportations.

"My concern is that ICE will continue to move quickly before the Biden administration has an opportunity to make assessments and provide further directives," said Rep. Veronica Escobar


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