Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued two memos about President Trump's immigration orders. These orders have established stricter enforcement of immigration laws. Additionally, DHS is recruiting agents to expand its deportation efforts.
According to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, "Perhaps most critically, the President is empowering DHS to carry out the immigration laws currently on the books."
Here is a list of what we can expect according to the memos published by DHS.
Priority #1: No More "Catch and Release"
The president strongly opposes what is commonly known as "catch & release": the practice of freeing an undocumented immigrant while he or she awaits their day in court.
The memo explains that at this time, it is preferable to increase the number of people currently detained over granting parole. It specifically states, "policies such as 'capture and release' will be terminated."
Priority #2: More ICE Agents
The DHS memos advise that an additional 5,000 border patrol officers and 10,000 Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers will be hired.
Priority #3: Focus on Building the Wall
One of the memos states that the design, planning, construction and maintenance of the wall should begin immediately.
Priority # 4: Changes for Asylum Seekers
Officers interviewing asylum seekers can now "consider immigrant statements and determine their credibility."
The memo gives them more power and discretion to decide an asylum seeker's fate than ever before.
Who will be deported?
Back in November 20, 2014, President Obama outlined an executive action to protect over 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.
Trump's executive orders & the DHS memos effectively remove the deportation priorities set by Obama.
Under President Trump, these are the new deportation priorities:
- Those who have committed serious crimes.
- Undocumented immigrants who were deported and returned without authorization.
- Undocumented immigrants with a final deportation order, even if they have not committed crimes.
- Undocumented immigrants with a final deportation order who failed to appear for their court date.
- Criminal proceedings for immigration offenses committed at the border (unauthorized crossing, human trafficking, drug trafficking, etc.)