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Alejandro Mayorkas speaks during a news conference at the White House in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 24, 2021. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Thursday announced new immigration enforcement priorities that seek to "take into account the totality of the facts and circumstances" in cases involving undocumented immigrants.

Driving the news: "The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen will not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them," per the new guidance. "We will use our discretion and focus our enforcement resources in a more targeted way."

  • The guidance, effective Nov. 29, will prioritize the arrest and removal of immigrants who are a threat to national security, public safety and border security.
  • The new guidance prohibits Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers from detaining immigrants whose status becomes revealed by "unscrupulous employers."
  • "We must ensure our immigration enforcement authority is not used as an instrument of these and other unscrupulous practices," per the guidance.
  • The guidelines also discourage ICE officers from deporting farmworkers, the elderly and others, who were able to be deported under the Trump administration, per the Washington Post.

The big picture: The guidance comes as progress in Senate has stalled in its effort to include a legalization process in the budget, per the Post.

What he's saying: "In exercising this discretion, we are guided by the knowledge that there are individuals in our country who have been here for generations and contributed to our country’s well-being, including those who have been on the frontline in the battle against COVID, lead congregations of faith, and teach our children," Mayorkas said.

  • "As we strive to provide them with a path to status, we will not work in conflict by spending resources seeking to remove those who do not pose a threat and, in fact, make our nation stronger."

Go deeper: First look: Biden's economic case for green cards

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New DHS council to review "best practices" for its law enforcement agencies

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

The Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday that it will create a council to "promote best practices in its law enforcement activities."

Why it matters: DHS said the new Law Enforcement Coordination Council will be the first unified law enforcement coordination body at DHS and will cover everything from training curricula to use of force policies.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Congressman criminally charged with lying to feds

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) has been indicted on charges he falsified records and lied to federal investigators probing an illegal foreign donation scheme, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

Driving the news: DOJ says a Fortenberry associate, who later cooperated with investigators, informed him he'd likely received illegal donations from an intermediary for a foreign national, but that Fortenberry denied any knowledge of such a scheme when contacted by the FBI.

"Assassin's Creed," but for schools

"Viking Age: Discovery Tour." Image via Ubisoft

For the third time since 2018, Ubisoft is releasing a nonviolent version of its latest “Assassin’s Creed” game as part of a unique effort to turn one of the medium’s most popular series into an educational tool.

Driving the news:Viking Age: Discovery Tour” transforms last year’s “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla” from a bloody 150-hour game about Viking conquest in 9th century England into a peaceful four-hour game about merchants and monks.