As of August 12, 2021, ICE will cease to house immigration detainees at the York County Prison. Apparently, this is a result of ICE being unwilling to pay for a high enough number of beds per day to make it economical for the prison to continue to house immigration detainees. Unfortunately for future ICE detainees in the Philadelphia area, the end result will be for them to be held in detention centers farther away from where they live including in out-of-state facilities anywhere in the country. The York Immigration Court will also be closing. It remains to be seen if the York Court will move to a new location in the York area or potentially to the Pike County Correctional Facility.
A series of memos (King, Trasvina, Pekoske, and Johnson) have been issued within DHS, ICE, and EOIR which all point to DHS' ability to exercise its discretion just as a criminal prosecutor would do at a district attorney's office. There's nothing new here except now DHS is being pushed to return to how it behaved during the Obama terms. Also, some of the DHS' priorities are more refined which means that any given foreign national is more likely to obtain some form of relief either through affirmative action or even by ICE reviewing cases sua sponte. Possible relief includes dismissal of cases, joint motions, stipulation to eligibility for relief, agreement not to appeal, rescission of notices to appear, and many more. It remains to be seen if ICE will offer deferred action as a form of PD.