“Sensitive Locations” are clearly identified on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website, advising illegal aliens where they can go to avoid arrest.
The website states that immigration laws will not be enforced at a wide variety of sensitive locations, including schools, churches and hospitals.
Also on the list of “sensitive locations” are public demonstrations, such as a march, rally or parade.
The Sensitive Location FAQ’s state that “ICE and CBP conduct their enforcement actions consistent with the Department of Homeland Security’s November 2014 memorandum, which prioritizes the removal of national security, border security, and public safety threats.”
Border Patrol clarifies that “an enforcement action covered by this policy is any action taken by ICE or CBP to apprehend, arrest, interview, or search an individual, or to surveil an individual for enforcement purposes.” Further, it states that “enforcement actions may occur at sensitive locations in limited circumstances, but will generally be avoided.”
What do the Department of Homeland Security policies require for enforcement actions to be carried out at sensitive locations?
The policies provide that enforcement actions at or focused on sensitive locations such as schools, places of worship, and hospitals should generally be avoided, and that such actions may only take place when (a) prior approval is obtained from an appropriate supervisory official, or (b) there are exigent circumstances necessitating immediate action without supervisor approval. The policies are meant to ensure that ICE and CBP officers and agents exercise sound judgment when enforcing federal law at or focused on sensitive locations, to enhance the public understanding and trust, and to ensure that people seeking to participate in activities or utilize services provided at any sensitive location are free to do so, without fear or hesitation.
What does the Department of Homeland Security mean by the term “sensitive location”?
Locations covered by these policies would include, but not be limited to:
Schools, such as known and licensed daycares, pre-schools and other early learning programs; primary schools; secondary schools; post-secondary schools up to and including colleges and universities; as well as scholastic or education-related activities or events, and school bus stops that are marked and/or known to the officer, during periods when school children are present at the stop;
Medical treatment and health care facilities, such as hospitals, doctors’ offices, accredited health clinics, and emergent or urgent care facilities;
Places of worship, such as churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples;
Religious or civil ceremonies or observances, such as funerals and weddings; and
During public demonstration, such as a march, rally, or parade.
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