DHS Support for Areas Impacted by Hurricane Idalia

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Executive Summary:

  • DHS collaborates with federal, state, local, and non-governmental partners for Hurricane Idalia response.
  • ICE and CBP declare emergency sites as protected areas; immigration enforcement minimized at these sites.
  • Examples of protected areas include evacuation routes, shelters, emergency supply distribution sites.
  • Upon FEMA or local/state requests, ICE and CBP may assist in search, rescue, and public safety missions.
  • All emergency assistance is provided irrespective of immigration status.
  • DHS officials won’t pose as emergency responders for enforcement activities.
  • DHS ensures aid access for everyone regardless of immigration status, without discrimination.

Unedited Press Release Text:

DHS Statement on Safety and Enforcement During Hurricane Idalia

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is working with its federal, state, local, and non-governmental partners to support the needs of the areas that may be impacted by Hurricane Idalia.

In light of these circumstances, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) remind the public that sites that provide emergency response and relief are considered protected areas. To the fullest extent possible, ICE and CBP do not conduct immigration enforcement activities at protected areas such as along evacuation routes, sites used for sheltering or the distribution of emergency supplies, food or water, or registration sites for disaster-related assistance or the reunification of families and loved ones.

At the request of FEMA or local and state authorities, ICE and CBP may help conduct search and rescue, air traffic de-confliction and public safety missions. ICE and CBP provide emergency assistance to individuals regardless of their immigration status. DHS officials do not and will not pose as individuals providing emergency-related information as part of any enforcement activities.

DHS is committed to ensuring that every individual who seeks shelter, aid, or other assistance as a result of Hurricane Idalia is able to do so regardless of their immigration status. DHS carries out its mission without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity, national origin, ethnicity, disability, or political associations, and in compliance with law and policy.

For information about filing a complaint with the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties about these matters, please visit https://www/dhs.gov/file-civil-rights-complaint. 


SOURCE: https://www.dhs.gov/news/2023/08/29/dhs-statement-safety-and-enforcement-during-hurricane-idalia

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