Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security, announced new guidelines for enforcement actions in or near “protected areas.” The memo states, “To the fullest extent possible, we should not take an enforcement action in or near a location that would restrain people’s access to essential services or engagement in essential activities.”

A non-exhaustive list of protected areas includes schools; medical or mental health care facilities; places of worship or religious study; places where children gather; social services facilities; places where disaster or emergency services are provided; funerals; weddings; and ongoing parades, demonstrations, or rallies.

The memo includes exceptions to be made, such as when there is a national security threat or imminent risk of death, violence, or physical harm.

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