The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a sweeping immigration enforcement plan to implement President Trump’s promise to crack down on the reported 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States. In a press conference scheduled for today on the White House lawn, Trump is expected to explain the plan, and lay out what will replace his executive orders on immigration that were stymied earlier in the month by federal judges.
The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017
The DHS’s plans are in a pair of memos, which revealed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will be making 10,000 new hires, with an additional 5,000 for the Customs and Border Protection Agency. The memos include statements that the DHS will begin planning for expansion of the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Secretary Kelly Issues Implementation Memoranda on Border Security and Interior Enforcement Executive Orders → https://t.co/whIetfc3lK
— Homeland Security (@DHSgov) February 21, 2017
Reports of ICE checkpoints, indiscriminate “raids” & sweeps in cities such as San Francisco and Atlanta are false, dangerous & irresponsible
— ICE (@ICEgov) February 18, 2017
The memos point out that a priority will be to target undocumented people who have committed crimes, but also states that ICE agents should move to deport any other undocumented immigrant they encounter.
The new policy will continue to honor the deportation protections implemented by the Obama Administration in 2012, that gave special status to immigrants brought to the country as children, according to an official who briefed reporters on Tuesday.17_0220_S1_Implementing-the-Presidents-Border-Security-Immigration-Enforcement-Improvement-Policies
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