United States immigration authorities have moved to limit arrests at an array of “protected areas” – including schools, hospitals, playgrounds, and COVID-19 vaccination centres.

The guidelines, issued on Wednesday by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), directed agents to avoid making arrests or carrying out searches at a range of sensitive locations “to the fullest extent possible,” according to a memo from DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas outlining the policy.

The list is longer than similar guidelines issued under former President Barack Obama and is the most recent reversal of the immigration policies of former President Donald Trump, particularly regarding interior immigration enforcement.

Under Trump, who ran on a hardline immigration platform, authorities widely went after undocumented immigrants for deportation, eschewing Obama-era policies of not singling out

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