(CNSNEWS.COM) A new policy issued by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice Department (DOJ) providing new “safeguards” and “enhanced protections” against deportation and detention for illegal immigrants with “serious mental disorders” is already having an impact.

The new policy is described by the Justice Department as “a new nationwide policy for unrepresented immigration detainees with serious mental disorders or conditions that may render them mentally incompetent to represent themselves in immigration proceedings.” ICE Director John Morton also announced the new policy in a staff memo.

The Justice Department’s new policy guidance dictates that illegal aliens with “serious mental disorders or conditions” being held for deportation proceedings be given qualified representation to help them fight deportation – and a bond hearing so they’ll have the opportunity to go free:

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