DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen: DACA Recipients "Not Going To Be A Priority" For Deportation, Even If Program Ends


During an interview broadcast on Tuesday's 'CBS This Morning,' Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told DACA recipients that if they are registered and haven't committed any crimes, they will not be an enforcement priority for ICE, even if Congress fails to provide them with legal status.

"It’s not going to be a priority of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement to prioritize their removal. I've said that before. That’s not the policy of DHS," she explained.

She added: "If you are a DACA [recipient] that’s compliant with your registration, meaning you haven’t committed a crime, you, in fact, are registered, you’re not a priority of enforcement for ICE should the program end."

"But of course, that means you can’t commit a crime," she added. "And we will enforce the law."

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