US to Suspend Immigration Enforcement in Areas Hit by Hurricane Irma

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Department of Homeland Security said that it will not carry out immigration enforcement operations in areas hit by Hurricane Irma, in an effort to encourage undocumented immigrants in the storm’s path to seek help without fear of deportation.

On Sept. 6, DHS announced in a statement that it will not conduct non-criminal immigration enforcement operations in areas hit by Irma.

The agency said that “the move aims to create a safe haven for undocumented immigrants to seek help without fear of punishment as the extreme Category 5 storm approaches the nation’s shores.”

The agency stated simply, “When it comes to rescuing people in the wake of Hurricane Irma, immigration status is not and will not be a factor.”

DHS, however, warned that it will continue to enforce the law should it notice any criminal activity.