Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly has outlined new, aggressive guidelines in order to deport a broader range of illegal immigrants living inside the country. Described in a pair of memos, the guidelines attempt to strengthen Trump immigration policies that promise tougher border control. We’ve summarized the proposed changes drafted within the memos in the following article.
Increase Border Protection
Kelly’s plans involve hiring 10,000 more ICE agents as well as 5,000 Border Patrol officers. Also, the Department of Homeland Security will try to cooperate with municipal law enforcement so that local police may serve as additional immigration officers.
Moreover, the memos would impose immediate “planning, design, construction, and maintenance” of a wall along the Mexico-United States border. The wall would serve to mitigate the flow of immigrants into the country.
Expansion of Priority Deportations
Kelly proposes to generalize the criteria for those prioritized for removal. Only undocumented immigrants convicted of a felony, serious misdemeanor, or multiple misdemeanors were prioritized under the Obama administration. Now, Kelly wants to include those who are suspected of committing “a chargeable criminal offense”.
Furthermore, the new operations would allow federal authorities to expedite deportation proceedings for a larger scope of immigrants. As of now, expedited proceedings only apply to those who have been in the United States for less than two weeks. Kelly aims to expand the limits of the proceedings to include people living in the country for up to two years.
Currently, apprehended Mexican immigrants are housed on U.S. property pending the verdict of their deportation hearings. However, the memos call for the immigrants to return to their homes back across the border.
Another new policy parents who have paid smugglers to bring their children into the United States could be prosecuted under the new policies.
No Mention of DACA
The memos make no mention of overturning Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This crucial program from the Obama administration has provided 750,000 immigrants with work permits. Judging from his vocal disapproval of the directive on the campaign trail, Trump immigration policies will most likely result in the termination of DACA. For the time being, the fate of the program is still up in the air.
Contact a New Jersey Immigration Lawyer
If these proposed guidelines become law, they will have far-reaching consequences for the lives of undocumented immigrants. At Andres Mejer Law, our immigration lawyer defends the rights of immigrants during this transition into the new administration. If you’re seeking legal counsel regarding your immigration status or Trump immigration policies, call us today at 888-267-2523.