ICE Attempts Deportation Despite Biden Moratorium

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A Bronx, N.Y., man who has spent more than a year in federal custody is scheduled to be deported to Honduras early Monday, a move his attorneys maintain conflicts with President Joe Biden’s executive order that put a 100-day moratorium on most deportations, reports the New York Daily News. Javier Castillo Maradiaga, 27, was arrested in 2019 for what his lawyer said was a pedestrian violation that was later dismissed. His attorney, Rebecca Press, who works with UnLocal, a nonprofit that offers free legal representation to immigrants, said officials from the New York field office of the Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) agency told her that Maradiaga should not be sent to Honduras because Biden signed an order Wednesday placing a 100-day moratorium on most immigrant deportations.

But in Louisiana, ICE officials told her they were going to expel Maradiaga anyway. The breakdown in communication comes as the Biden administration awaits the Senate confirmation of Alejandro Mayorkas as homeland security secretary, a cabinet post that oversees ICE. “What’s very concerning here is that this seems to be in violation, or at least directly contradicting what the moratorium says and certainly the spirit of it,” said Press. “We’re getting conflicting information. Why does New York believe one thing and why does Louisiana believe another?”

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