'Mass deportations' could result from Trump immigration rules, say LA activistsBy Norman Carr Feb 23, 2017
The Homeland Security Department has drafted sweeping new guidelines aimed at aggressively detaining and deporting immigrants living in the US illegally, according to a pair of memoranda signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly.
Memos from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released Monday directed the expansion of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement program known as 287 (g).
As for the "expedited removals", the DHS memos mark a dramatic shift from President Barack Obama's immigration policies (which saw some three million deportations). Despite those priorities, the official said that it doesn't mean that everyone else is exempt from potential enforcement.
"Department personnel shall faithfully execute the immigration laws of the United States against all removable aliens", the memo states, and adds.
While the directives state that there are no protected class of immigrants, Department of Homeland Security officials emphasized to reporters Tuesday that young people who were brought into the country illegally as children would keep their protections.
The Trump administration is greatly expanding the number of people living in the US illegally who are considered a priority for deportation, including people arrested for traffic violations, according to agency documents released Tuesday.
Not only is DHS looking to increase the number of immigration officers, it is also interested in expanding the number of illegal aliens eligible for prioritized, fast-tacked deportation hearings. Videgaray not only said Mexico would not accept some of the new plans but added that Mexico could appeal to the United Nations to defend the "freedoms and due process" of Mexicans overseas.
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The documents represent a sweeping rewrite of the nation's immigration enforcement priorities.
Currently, only migrants apprehended near the border who can not show they have been in the country more than 14 days are subject to rapid removal.
Under plans unveiled by the Trump administration on Tuesday, nearly all people staying in the United States illegally can be subject to deportation.
It directs immigration and customs enforcement to hire 10,000 additional agents who will prioritize the deportation of undocumented people who have violated USA law. Advocates are also calling on the Alameda County Sheriff not to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
One memo instructs ICE agents to ignore Obama's memos on immigration priorities that targeted only recent arrivals and convicted criminal migrants for deportation.
The implementation of a deport-first, ask-questions-later policy that would send people caught crossing the US-Mexico border back "to the foreign territory from which they came" if they didn't seem like they would try to once again enter illegally.
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