The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a number of documents which explain how defaulters of the country’s strict immigration laws will be deported.
According to a notice which was published last Tuesday, the DHS confirms it is ready to enforce the laws which aim at deporting a large number of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., including those who committed even minor offenses or traffic violations.
The security outfit will implement President Donald Trump’s deportation plan through several different measures.
Here are a few highlights from the memos:
— More than 10,000 immigration and customs agents will be hired, which will dramatically increase the number of detention facilities.
— Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be required to detain and hold undocumented people caught illegally entering the country, thereby ending the “catch and release” practice.
— An ICE office will be reserved to support families of people killed by undocumented immigrants.
It will include people who have been living in this country for up to two years.
— A program would allow local police officers and sheriff’s deputies to operate as immigration agents by helping with deportations.
— Undocumented immigrants from Central America could be held in Mexico to await hearings, this would likely require Mexico to accept the terms.
— Instead of informing families of the criminal status of alleged undocumented immigrants, ICE will distribute the information publicly.
— No directives would affect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
“Department personnel have full authority to arrest or apprehend an alien whom an immigration officers has probable cause to believe is in violation of the immigration laws,” one memo read.
“They also have full authority to initiate removal proceedings against any alien who is subject to removal under any provision of the (Immigration and Nationality Act).”
John F. Kelly, the DHS director who signed this memo, has previously focused on hard dangerous criminals who had been convicted of serious offenses but the deportation guidelines will present new challenges.