Although Trump claimed his focus would be to deport undocumented immigrants with criminal histories the new "Guidance Memos", a pair of documents signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly, makes it abundantly clear that all of the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants would be at risk of immediate deportation.
Here is a breakdown of the proposed plans the Trump administration wish to implement.
The memos orders the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to identify, capture and quickly deport every undocumented immigrant they encounter.
The memos make it a requirement that any and all undocumented immigrants caught entering the country be placed in detention until their cases are resolved.
Though the memos make undocumented immigrants who have been convicted of a crime the highest priority for enforcement operations. But they make clear that ICE agents should also arrest and initiate deportation proceedings against any other undocumented immigrant they encounter.
One memo stated that department personnel have full authority to arrest or apprehend any alien whom immigration officers believe, even without evidence, are in violation of the immigration laws.
The memo also stated that department personnel would have full authority to initiate removal proceedings against any alien who is subject to removal under any provision of the (Immigration and Nationality Act)."
The memos also call for the increase in the the ability of local police to help in immigration enforcement and calls for the immediate hiring of 10,000 more immigration agents.
The memos seek to end that practice, known as “catch and release,” by ordering the construction of massive detention facilities along the southwest border to house detained immigrants until their cases are resolved.
The new directives also allow Customs agents to send some people directly back to Mexico, whether they’re Mexican or not. Under previous administrations, people from Mexico and Canada could be deported directly back home. But people from all other countries, such as from Central America, had to be detained until they could be flown back to their country of origin.
The memos call for the creation of a new and permanent office within ICE called "The Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office" or VOICE which would establishe a process to keep victims and their families informed about the status of criminal cases against the undocumented immigrants and any followup deportation proceedings.
Along with this new office the orders would eliminate protections that had been granted to undocumented immigrants under the federal Privacy Act, meaning ICE will now publicly distribute information about these cases.
The only group that appears to be spared deportation for now are the more than 750,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children who had protections granted to them by President Obama in 2012 under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program or DACA. (I guess the Trump team could not find a legal way around that one!)
And of course the memos wouldn't have been complete without immediate calls to begin planning Trump's signature border wall between the United States and Mexico.
For now, the memos seem to have dropped any mention of the idea of using of 100,000 National Guard troops along the southwest border that was included in a draft version of the memos last week.
Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, an anti-immigrant organization claimed the memos capture many recommendations his group has been making for years...
"It's Christmas in February. What (Homeland Security Secretary John) Kelly has done is lay out a broad road map of regaining control of a process that's spun out of control."
Immigration advocacy groups were distraught when confronted with the orders.
Lynn Tramonte, deputy director of America's Voice Educational Fund, which advocates on behalf of immigrants said...
"These memos lay out a detailed blueprint for the mass deportation of 11 million undocumented immigrants in America. They fulfill the wish lists of the white nationalist and anti-immigrant movements and bring to life the worst of Donald Trump's campaign rhetoric."
Or in other word's Republicans will be overjoyed with the new plans.
Here are the memos...
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