A memo from Julie Myers, the Assistant Secretary at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has recently been posted to the USCIS web site. In the memo, dated July 3, 2008, Ms. Myers informs all special agents and field office directors to “refrain from conducting enforcement actions or investigative activities at or near sensitive community locations such as schools, places of worship, and funerals or other religious ceremonies.”
The memo also discusses an exception to this directive stating “there may be specific situations requiring ICE personnel to act at or near sensitive locations. Such situations would include those involving terrorism~related investigations, matters of public safety, or actions where no enforcement activity is involved, such as requesting information from school officials, retrieving records, or otherwise routine, non-enforcement activity.”
In closing, it is stated “personnel are reminded to be cognizant of the impact of their activity, exercise good judgment and act with an appropriate level of compassion in light of the location while exercising their authority in such circumstances.”
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