DHS to Ramp Up Deportations, Continue Protections for DREAMers

Spicer on Tuesday rejected that description of the pair of memos issued by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly serve as guidance to immigration and border agents and officers on how to implement the immigration executive orders that President Donald Trump issued earlier.

There will be a continued priority given to undocumented migrants who may face deportation for everything from felonies to minor the criminal offenses, such as traffic violations.

The guidelines leave protection put in place by former president Barack Obama for immigrants known as "dreamers" who entered the U.S. without documentation as children. Although Trump recently said his focus would be to deport undocumented immigrants with criminal histories or who pose a threat to national security, the new memos make clear that almost all undocumented immigrants are at risk.

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Homeland Security officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity on a conference call with reporters, said that although any immigrant in the country illegally could be deported, the agency will prioritise those deemed as posing a threat.

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Approximately 750,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States at a young age - known as "dreamers" - depend on the program to live and work in the US without fear of deportation. The new policy also calls for an expansion of rapid deportations and allows ICE agents to repatriate as many foreigners as possible. And the memo describes a plan to use an obscure provision of federal law that allows those who illegally cross the Mexican border in the United States to be sent back to Mexico, even if they are from other countries.

The new rules would subject immigrants who can not show they have been in the nation for more than two years to "expedited removal". "A wall along the southern border is necessary to deter and prevent the illegal entry of aliens and is a critical component of the President's overall border security strategy", according to one of the memos.

The memos released on Tuesday outline how officials will implement Trump's order. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss details of the memos.

Trump consistently promised previously to crack down on undocumented immigrants both throughout his campaign and since he assumed office.

  • Phil Peters