The new Trump deportation rules greatly expand the categories of people who will be subject to expulsion from the U.S., which comes after his travel ban against seven Muslim-majority countries was blocked by a federal court judge.
According to a Department of Homeland Security memo, “The Department will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement.” Shorter version, Donald Trump has declared open season on undocumented immigrants.
The NY Times reports, “Under the Obama administration, undocumented immigrants convicted of serious crimes were the priority for removal. Now, immigration agents, customs officers and border patrol agents have been directed to remove anyone convicted of any criminal offense.”
“That includes people convicted of fraud in any official matter before a governmental agency and people who “have abused any program related to receipt of public benefits.”
“The policy also calls for an expansion of expedited removals, allowing Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent to deport more people immediately. Under the Obama administration, expedited removal was used only within 100 miles of the border for people who had been in the country no more than 14 days. Now it will include those who have been in the country for up to two years, and located anywhere in the nation.”
Trump’s new policy will also instruct ICE and the CBP to revive a program that recruits local police officers and sheriff’s deputies to assist with deportation efforts. That program, 287g program, did not play a prominent role in enforcement efforts in the Obama administration. The Department of Homeland Security has directed ICE to hire 10,000 additional people to get the job done, the memo said.
DHS directed Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hire 10,000 additional people to get the job done, according to the memo.
In other words, the deportation force will be front and center.