February 21, 2017

Memos Signed by DHS Secretary Describe Sweeping New Deportation Guidelines

David Nakamura - The Washington Post:

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly has signed sweeping new guidelines that empower federal authorities to more aggressively detain and deport illegal immigrants inside the United States and at the border.

In a pair of memos, Kelly offered more detail on plans for the agency to hire thousands of additional enforcement agents, expand the pool of immigrants who are prioritized for removal, speed up deportation hearings and enlist local law enforcement to help make arrests.

Interesting that these don’t come directly from the White House Office of the President, but rather through one of the executive departments. I guess they’re using DHS as a buffer against further embarrassment if the memos are stayed by a federal court, as Mr. Trump’s immigration orders were last month.

I guess, too, we’ll see the administration in court over this, too:

Joanne Lin, senior legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement that “due process, human decency, and common sense are treated as inconvenient obstacles on the path to mass deportation. The Trump administration is intent on inflicting cruelty on millions of immigrant families across the country.”

#Trump #still #a #fraud

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