Homeland Security Memos Outline Plan to Deport Unauthorized Immigrants
Feb 26 2017 by Joshua Bennett
United States President Donald Trump has implemented sweeping immigration enforcement directives which will allow far more deportations than those in place when Barack Obama was president.
"It is not meant to produce mass roundups", a Homeland Security official said, briefing reporters on two new memos Mr. Kelly signed Monday.
The additional guidance from Homeland Security outlines how the agency plans to put into action the two immigration orders Trump issued last month. And those parents or other relatives that the government believes helped the children would face criminal and immigration investigations. Chicago lawyer Mike Jarecki said there's "no doubt" that the government will be swamped with litigation once enforcement of the new policies begins. The guidelines also enable state and local law enforcement to act as immigration officers. People whom authorities encounter and consider a threat, an absurdly broad category.
During Tuesday's White House press briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer made a similar point, suggesting that the administration remains focused on the worst offenders, but is not limiting itself. The rules provide temporary work permits to people who entered the United States illegally as children but who have lived their whole lives in the country. By the end of his presidency, more than 2.7 million immigrants had been deported, 90 percent reportedly being convicted criminals.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent commission created by Congress, concluded in a 2016 report that those fears are well grounded.
Drafts of the memos had leaked in recent days, sparking feverish outcry from immigrant-rights groups who said they were a major step back in respecting illegal immigrants.
Trump's election win could just as easily be seen as coming despite his immigration stance, rather than because of it. She said her team considered expanding expedited removals, but decided against it because of legal concerns. Agents also have been instructed to arrest and start deportation proceedings against any undocumented immigrant they encounter. Undocumented workers make up about 5 percent of the USA labor market.
Trumps administration has issued two new memos on immigrates which will tighten up the immigration policy of the country. Those covered by the travel ban had been vetted by the USA and had visas or green cards.
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"I think California's going to be ground zero when it comes to immigration removals during the Trump administration", said Kevin Johnson, dean of the UC Davis Law School, in an interview with KQED's Tara Siler.
"The Supreme Court has consistently held that even undocumented immigrants are entitled to due process", he said.
There are an estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States, according to the Pew Research Center, down from a peak of 12 million in 2007. Economist Ryan Edwards, who worked on the CUNY study, said employers could raise wages to attract USA workers to replace the immigrants they now employ, but a more likely scenario is they would simply adjust to having a smaller number of workers, shrink their businesses or automate their production.
Rose, with the ACLU of MA, worries that as the number of immigrant detainees at these border facilities increases, so do the chances their rights could be violated. Immigration judges aren't the only resources needed to expand the deportation court.
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So Trump's opponents need more than insults to convince their fellow citizens that opposing illegal immigration is "anti-immigrant".