Trump Immigration Rules Slash Protections For Undocumented
Feb 23 2017 by Lorena Waters
The overall sense of what these memos do can be summed up in just one sentence from it.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said that she wants Trump to be a successful president, but not at the cost of undocumented immigrants.
The second memo instructs CBP officers to crack down on illegal migration at the border by holding migrants in detention until a determination in their case is made.
The orders call for immediate start to border wall planning. "We have an obligation to know that the people who are in our country are here legally", Press Secretary Sean Spicer said. "It constitutes guidance to all Department personnel, and supersedes all existing conflicting policy, directives, memoranda, and other guidance regarding this subject matter - to the extent of the conflict - except as otherwise expressly stated in this memorandum", the memo reads.
"I assume Mexico is going to have to agree to this", Hincapié said.
During former President Barack Obama's administration, 287 (g) agreements, which authorized local law enforcement to take part in the federal enforcement of illegal immigration, were scaled back. Their parents could be subject to prosecution though, especially if they paid human traffickers to transport their children over the border.
The memos implement a pair of executive orders signed last month by President Donald Trump, who said during the campaign that he would crack down on illegal immigration.
"Empowering state and local law enforcement agencies to assist in the enforcement of federal immigration law is critical to an effective enforcement strategy", Kelly wrote. The people who walked across the southern border in violation of USA law? For example, tens of thousands of women and children have poured across the southwest border from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala seeking protection from their crime-ridden countries.
"The Trump administration is intent on inflicting cruelty on millions of immigrant families across the country", she said in a statement. At present, only individuals taken into custody at the border who can not prove they have been in the USA for more than 14 days may be deported before a hearing.
The memos also outline a hiring process, swelling the ranks of Border Patrol and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, with between 5,000 and 15,000 new agents each over the next several years.
Notably missing from the guidelines is any change to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, which allows young people brought to the US illegally as children to stay and obtain work permits. That program was meant to protect people who were brought to the United States as children without documentation and essentially grew up here.