According to the memo, national security, border security and public safety threats would be prioritized for enforcement — a move reminiscent of the Obama-era’s “felons, not families” deportation policy.
“As a military parent, President Biden knows the sacrifices that our men and women in uniform make for our country each and every day. The administration’s immigration enforcement will focus on those who are national security and public safety threats, not military families, service members or veterans,” said White House spokesman Vedant Patel in a statement.
“The federal government in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security will take further review of removals of veterans and their family members,” he added.
When ICE agents and officers learn they have encountered a potentially removable veteran, they are required under agency policy to take additional steps to proceed with the case. These policies are intended to help ensure that veterans receive appropriate levels of review before they are placed in removal proceedings, according to the Government Accountability Office.
Last month, Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a veteran, urged Biden to prevent the deportation of veterans.