In a noteworthy step forward to basing America's immigration system on reason and humanity, rather than punishment and prejudice, President Joe Biden's administration has made significant additions to the list of places where ICE is prohibited from carrying out immigration arrests.

The Hill reports on October 27 that DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has issued a memo prohibiting ICE from making arrests at domestic violence shelters, food banks, counseling facilities and disaster response centers, as well as churches, rallies, demonstrations and parades.

According to the report ,only schools and hospitals were previously off limits to ICE arrests.

In his memo, Mayorkas states:

"We can accomplish our enforcement mission without denying or limiting individuals' access to needed medical care, children access to their schools, the displaced access to food and shelter, people of faith access to their places of worship, and more..."

This is only one step forward toward changing America's immigration system from one based on fear, antagonism and discrimination against immigrants to a system based on respect for humanity, justice and equality of all people. But it is still a step in the right direction.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law
Harvard College A.B
Harvard Law School LL.B