The sensitive locations policy issued by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) describes how immigration enforcement actions such as searches, arrests, surveillance, and interviews occur at sensitive locations. Certain actions that are not covered in the sensitive locations policy include the following activities: obtaining materials such as documents and records, issuing a notice to officials, compliance visits, guarding detainees, serving subpoenas, or participating in community meetings. The ICE memo identifies the following places as “sensitive locations:”

  • Hospitals
  • Churches and other places of worship
  • Schools (all levels; including vocational institutions and trade schools)
  • Public ceremonies locations (such as funeral sites and wedding venues)
  • Public demonstrations (e.g. parades, rallies)

In accordance to the ICE policy, immigration enforcement actions may occur at sensitive locations if these circumstances are present:

  • exigent circumstances
  • other activities from law enforcement led ICE officers and agents to a sensitive location
  • approval has been given by a supervisory officer

Immigration enforcement actions may still occur at these sensitive locations but on very limited circumstances. Enforcement will generally be avoided if possible. Officers from ICE and other agents can conduct enforcement actions at a sensitive location when other actions from law enforcement led them to sensitive locations and with approval from their supervisors. If ICE agents conduct immigration enforcement actions without approval from their supervisors, it could mean that there might be an issue of national security, public safety, terrorism, and a huge risk of destruction of evidence that is crucial to an ongoing criminal case. ICE determines when a specific enforcement action needs to take place depending on the nature of the case. They take all things into consideration such as the person’s criminal history, nature of the arrest, safety precautions, and the reliability of the lead’s whereabouts before taking any enforcement action. Contact Us Deportation does not happen overnight. Before any non-citizen can be removed from the U.S., the government must prove that there is a valid reason for doing so. At Landerholm Immigration, we will work with you and your family to present the most effective defense strategy, such as withholding of removal, asylum, or voluntary departure. As soon as you know that your loved one needs an attorney, call our Oakland office at (510) 756-4468 . We’re here for you!