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Dept of Homeland Security announces sweeping immigration enforcement plan

February 21, 2017
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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 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.

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.




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