Border forces’ duties
The US immigration system is quite extensive and is one of the largest in the world. This North American country attracts the attention of thousands of foreigners annually, who yearn to gain work experience in American companies, complete their higher studies in internationally recognized universities or colleges, reunite with their beloved ones or seek new opportunities to flee from precarious situations in their countries of origin.
Therefore, since the US is the destination for different immigrant communities, the federal government must also implement multiple strategies and action plans to reduce illegal immigration. In fact, immigration law enforcement is quite strict when it comes to people who cross borders without legal documentation or those who commit crimes or have pending legal charges.
Currently, there are two main entities which are in charge of protecting the US borders, curbing illegal immigration, conducting operations within the country to detain undocumented immigrants, and initiating pending removal proceedings. By this, we refer to CBP (Customs and Border Protection) and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).
These two federal entities are branches of the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) and are responsible, among many other things, for enforcing immigration law both at the borders and within the US.
Due to the nature of their work, these entities are constantly embroiled in a gigantic social controversy, mainly during the last four years that the Trump administration gave too much power to CBP and ICE to curb illegal immigration at all costs and expedite deportation processes, which led to the implementation of restrictive and strict policies.
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Activists ask Biden to abolish entities such as ICE and CBP
Since President Biden took office on January 20, 2021, several activist groups, humanitarian organizations, and immigrant rights advocates have raised their voices, urging the new administration to remove limitations imposed by Trump on the immigration sector, and restructure the entire system to approach irregular immigration in a more humane way.
Adding to that, several activist groups state that the Biden administration will not be able to promote comprehensive immigration reform if it allows entities such as CBP and ICE to continue deporting undocumented immigrants to territories where their integrity might be at risk.
In fact, dozens of activists protested on Saturday, March 6, in Los Angeles, California, calling on the Biden government to halt deportations and abolish ICE. They declare that the current president has an obligation to fulfill his promise to suspend deportations, despite the Texas judge’s ruling, and offer better alternatives for the most vulnerable immigrant communities, especially those that suffered the consequences of the Trump administration’s policies.
It is important to clarify that, according to figures released by United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led community in the country, since President Biden took office, border forces have deported 26,248 immigrants and activist groups are asking his administration to protect the integrity of people in need of international assistance, who are fleeing danger.
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