ICE will consider military service before pursuing deportation
The Biden administration has directed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to generally avoid deporting U.S. military veterans or service members and their immediate family. ICE head Tae Johnson sent a memo instructing the agency’s officials to consider prior U.S. military service as a “significant mitigating factor that weighs against” placing immigrants in deportation proceedings. Further, he memo stated that ICE will not seek to deport active-duty U.S. service members, “absent significant aggravating factors being present in the case.”
A 2019 government watchdog report found that ICE didn’t know how many U.S. military veterans it had deported because of inconsistent record-keeping.