Sunday, February 19, 2017

Memos signed by DHS secretary describe sweeping new guidelines for deporting illegal immigrants

So much for claims that Trump's deportations only target “bad hombres.”—TPOI editor

By David Nakamura, Washington Post
February 18, 2017

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.

The new directives would supersede nearly all of those issued under previous administrations, Kelly said, including measures from President Barack Obama aimed at focusing deportations exclusively on hardened criminals and those with terrorist ties.[...]

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