ICE's New Directive Toward Noncitizen Parents of Minors
In our communities, ICE often encounters people who are parents of minor children or who may be the legal guardians of a child or an incapacitated adult. Last summer, the Biden administration released a “policy directive” or instructions for ICE officers on how to handle these situations. The instructions include things ICE officers must do when they arrest a parent or legal guardian. Many of these instructions are about who will take care of minor children or incapacitated adults if ICE separates them from their parents or legal guardians. The
instructions put the responsibility on ICE to make sure that they do not abuse the “fundamental interests” (i.e., rights) of parents, legal guardians, and their minor child(ren) or incapacitated
adult(s) for whom they are legally responsible.