(PatriotHeadline.com)- Under the new Biden administration, the Department of Homeland Security now no longer warns people who have overstayed their visas that they are at risk of being deported. It’s part of a wider push by the newly-inaugurated president to avoid causing stress to illegal immigrants.
According to The Washington Times, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) sent a directive to remove the warning over concerns that they were causing “undue stress” on people whose visas were about to expire.
“This guidance will ensure the Agency is not placing undue stress on the customer who believes he/she may or may not receive an NTA based on the information provided in their denial notification,” the new directive explains.
The directive was also reportedly designed to help roll back President Trump’s policy that required anybody in the United States who applied for legal immigration status but got rejected should be deported. This is done through what is known among government workers as an “NTA,” OR A “Notice to Appear.”
A Notice to Appear requires those whose visas are about to expire or those who are in the country illegally, to appear before a judge who would decide whether the person has a right to stay in the country. They are usually issued by Customers and Border Protection agents who interact with illegal immigrants at the border.
But it wasn’t the only policy that was rolled back to spite former President Donald Trump.
The Times reported that the USCIS confirmed the move and said it was part of an “Inauguration Day change” from the new Biden administration. In a statement, the USCIS said they would “issue additional implementation guidance on this issue in the near future.”
But some have criticized the new decision as more of a political move than a rational one. Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies suggested that the warning should still be issued.
“There’s no reason not to warn the rejected applicants that they are potentially removable, even if they are not a priority,” she said. “They brazenly tried to exploit our immigration system, but are to be treated as customers who must be treated gently, and definitely not be frightened by the suggestion that they should leave before they are removed.”
It comes as part of President Biden’s push to relax immigration rules while preparing to give illegal immigrants in the United States a pathway to citizenship over the next eight years.