USA agency outlines Trump-era immigration practices

Now that the Trump travel ban is at least temporarily out of the news headlines, attention is shifting to the broader issue of the new administration's overall immigration policies.

"They said that we can and should expect many more arrests and removals this year, " Sanchez told the Los Angeles Times, adding that under the proposed policies, "essentially anybody who has an immigration status violation is a priority for deportation". But parents or others who helped bring them to the US could still face criminal proceedings and deportation.

The memos don't overturn one important directive from the Obama administration: a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals that has provided work permits to more than 750,000 immigrants who came to the country illegally as children.

Two memos issued by DHS Secretary John Kelly order border patrol and immigration officers to deport as quickly as possible any illegal immigrants they find, with only a few exceptions, principally children. Under DHS' new guidelines in the memos, parents of unaccompanied minors living in the USA would be prosecuted if they paid human smugglers to help their children cross the border.

Those guidelines codify and detail executive orders as well as longstanding promises from President Trump to rapidly escalate the number deportations of undocumented immigrants, a push that has already reportedly started with sweeps in major USA cities in recent weeks.

The Department of Homeland Security issued tough new orders on Tuesday to begin a sweeping crackdown on undocumented immigrants, putting almost all of the country's 11 million unauthorised foreigners in their crosshairs. But that doesn't seem final considering that one memo explicitly says there is no protected class of immigrants.

Immigrant rights advocates told the Post that the two memos signed by Kelly mark a major shift in us immigration policies by dramatically expanding the scope of enforcement operations.

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A DHS official said Tuesday that the administration does not have a certain numerical threshold for how many people they intend to deport and that they want to quash the idea of mass deportation, in order to calm communities.

The memos instruct agents to "allocate all available resources to expand their detention capabilities and capacities", but Congress would probably need to allocate money to build new detention centres.

"The surge of illegal immigration at the southern border has overwhelmed federal agencies and resources and has created a significant national security vulnerability to the United States", Mr Kelly wrote.

The program, known as 287 (g), allows state and local law enforcement officers to carry out the same functions as federal immigration officers.

The Department of Homeland Security has drafted two new memos which aim to ramp up deportation efforts against undocumented immigrants in the United States. Kelly said 534,000 immigration cases are now pending in courts - a 200 percent increase from fiscal 2004.

Kelly, in the new measure, called for another 5,000 new hires at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.