In the event of an emergency -- such as a hurricane -- and the need for an officially ordered evacuation, ICE's highest priorities are the safe evacuation of people who are leaving the danger zone, engagement in life-saving and life-sustaining activities, maintenance of public order, prevention of the loss of property to the extent possible, and assistance with the speedy recovery of the region. There will be no ICE immigration enforcement operations associated with evacuations and sheltering. The Department's law enforcement components will be at the ready to help anyone in need of assistance. Obviously, the laws will not be suspended, but in the event of an evacuation, we want to make sure that we can help local authorities move traffic out of the danger zone quickly, safely, and efficiently. ICE seeks to provide for the safety and security of those in our custody and to protect them from bodily harm in the event that a hurricane or a major destructive storm is forecasted. Should the need arise; ICE will transfer detainees from affected detention facilities. In the event of a transfer, the detainee's attorney of record will be notified and the transfer will be temporary in nature.
Chief, Public Engagement Liaison
Office of State and Local Coordination
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
sent out by Jonathan Blazer
National Immigration Law Center