ICE hosts NGOs to discuss parental and guardianship rights for minor children and incompetent adults

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Office of Partnership and Engagement (OPE) of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hosted a virtual stakeholder engagement on August 3 with more than 30 people representing various nongovernmental organizations – the engagement took place at the request of stakeholders to develop the July announcement updating policy, procedures and requirements for agency agents and special agents to preserve access to family visits and protective services of childhood and hear the comments. A follow-up meeting will be held in the fourth quarter of the calendar year to continue the dialogue and provide feedback on comments received.

In attendance: ABA Center for Children and the Law, Al Otro Lado, American Immigration Council, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Casey Family Programs, Center for Law and Social Policy, Center for the Study of Social Policy, Committee for Public Counsel Services, Children in Need of Defense, Immigration and Children’s Rights – First Focus on Children, Immigrant Justice Project, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Indigent Defense Services, Legal Aid Justice Center, National Immigrant Justice Center, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, New Mexico Department of Children, Youth and Families, New York City Administration for Children’s Services, Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, Ohio Immigrant Alliance, Women’s Refugee Commission and Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights.

Program subject matter experts joined call participants and answered questions regarding ICE Directive 11064.3, Parental interests of non-citizens Parents and legal guardians of minor children or incompetent adults, which ensures that in the event of the arrest or detention of a parent or legal guardian in connection with a civil immigration proceeding, the non-citizen may continue to visit their child or incapable adult for whom he is the guardian, to coordinate his care and to participate in any related legal or child protection proceedings.

While this month’s engagement touched on prosecutorial discretion, it focused on the following:

  • Expanding the definition of covered persons to non-citizen parents or legal guardians of incapable adults;
  • Development of training in coordination with the ICE Civil Rights and Liberties Office and others; and
  • Facilitating the return of noncitizen parents or legal guardians where there is verifiable evidence that a hearing or hearings related to the termination of their parental rights or guardianship is/are pending and/or ongoing in the United States. United

OPE coordinates outreach efforts with the public, key stakeholders and ICE leadership to increase awareness of ICE’s mission, while building relationships and fostering trust in our communities.

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