New Department of Homeland Security Memos Broaden Deportation Powers

New Department of Homeland Security Memos Broaden Deportation Powers

In memos released to the media Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security detailed how it will implement President Donald Trump's controversial executive orders on immigration, laying out a blueprint for how immigration and border agents can detain and deport vastly more undocumented immigrants.

Except that whereas the Obama administration - which deported hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants - put a priority on those who had committed felonies or other serious crimes, the new orders make it plain that virtually all undocumented immigrants are at risk.

The guidelines call for the immediate return of Mexican immigrants captured at the border; hiring 10,000 more ICE agents and 5,000 more for Border Patrol; and prosecution of parents who pay smugglers to bring their children into the country illegally.

"With extremely limited exceptions, DHS will not exempt classes or categories of removal aliens from potential enforcement", the department said.

The memos are said to have already been approved by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and will be reviewed by the White House before the President signs any new executive orders.

"State and local law enforcement agencies, including those with records of racial profiling and police brutality, are encouraged to become immigration agents", said Lin. Catch-and-release was a program that allowed undocumented immigrants who were awaiting court proceedings in the U.S.to be paroled and deported, but allowed to return to the US for their court hearings. The previous policy authorized expedited removal for undocumented immigrants found within 100 air miles of the border and within 14 days after entering the country. One of the memos says that foreigners sent back to Mexico would wait for their US deportation proceedings to be complete.

Action against illegal immigrants was one of Trump's major electoral promises.

Activists told The Huffington Post last week that the crackdown in Austin, Texas consisted of ICE agents stopping undocumented immigrants in traffic, attempting to arrest them in their homes and patrolling the area around a grocery store.

"I don't have the staff to go out into the community, and more important than that it's counterproductive to the safety of our community for me to send deputies out, hunting down individuals who are not USA citizens", Mahoney said.

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