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Should immigration enforcement be suspended during natural disasters?

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced it would keep immigration checkpoints open as Hurricane Harvey approaches the Texas coast. The ACLU has urged checkpoints to be closed so undocumented individuals can safely flee the storm without fear of deportation. But Border Patrol stated it will not abandon any law enforcement duties, even in the case of a natural disaster. What do you think? 🌀

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The U.S. Border Patrol caused an uproar when the agency announced it would not close its immigration checkpoints during Hurricane Harvey.

"Border Patrol checkpoints will not be closed unless there is a danger to the safety of the traveling public and our agents... The Border Patrol is a law enforcement agency and we will not abandon our law enforcement duties."
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The ACLU swiftly responded, arguing Border Patrol "should never keep checkpoints open during any natural disasters" and called the decision "a disgusting move."

“It is unconscionable that the Border Patrol is sending a dangerous, wrong message to our community by refusing to temporarily suspend immigration enforcement during an evacuation, as they did in 2016 and 2012. We call on CBP to put public safety first and ensure that, no matter their status, families who wish to leave the area can do so unimpeded.”
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Many are questioning the ethics of forcing undocumented individuals to consider the risk of deportation in a time of crisis.

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Amidst the controversy, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection released a joint statement to clarify their commitment to safety as the highest priority, but reiterated that "laws would not be suspended."

"The Department's law enforcement components will be at the ready to help anyone in need of assistance.
Routine non-criminal immigration enforcement operations will not be conducted at evacuation sites, or assistance centers such as shelters or food banks. The laws will not be suspended, and we will be vigilant against any effort by criminals to exploit disruptions caused by the storm."
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Critics believe Border Patrol has already sent a dangerous message to undocumented and mixed-status families.

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