Saldaña Clarifies Remarks on Detention, Deportation Policies

Assistant Director of Communications

March 20, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This afternoon, new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah Saldaña clarified comments she made Thursday regarding deportation-focused policies, including mandatory immigration detainers for state and local law enforcement agencies.

Her initial comments came during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.

“I’m glad Director Saldaña has clarified her remarks,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “The administration must continue to implement policies that help local law enforcement build trust and keep all of us safe.”

“As local law enforcement leaders have pointed out, mandatory immigration detainers would be counterproductive. In addition to risking the trust of their communities, such a mandate would only add to our detention system’s high costs.

“We need Congress to talk about the economic contributions of immigrants and how to seize the economic potential of immigration reform. We do not need political posturing around detention and deportation ideas that would squander that potential.

“The House’s enforcement-only approach is costly to communities and to our economy, as the American Action Forum also recently showed.”