KENNEDY, DELAHUNT ANNOUNCE NEW GUIDELINES FOR IMMIGRATION RAIDS
The Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the Department of Homeland Security has released Guidelines for Identifying Humanitarian Concerns among Administrative Arrestees When Conducting Worksite Enforcement Operations. The guidelines are the product of discussions among Senator Kennedy, Congressman Delahunt, and ICE that took place following the arrest last March of 350 workers at the Michael Bianco factory in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The guidelines set forth best practices for quickly identifying persons arrested who are sole caregivers or who should be released from custody for other humanitarian reasons. Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Congressman William D. Delahunt released the following statement:
"Since the New Bedford raids, our offices have been working closely with ICE to develop guidelines on humanitarian screening for workers arrested in immigration raids. We hope these guidelines will ensure that pregnant women, nursing mothers, and sole caregivers will no longer be subject to detention. We commend ICE for agreeing to permit state social service agencies to participate in humanitarian screening of arrestees whenever possible."