Trump Administration Set to Deport More Groups of Immigrants
Trump’s administration plans to order immigration officers to broadly expand the categories of immigrants they target for deportation, according to draft two memorandums seen by Reuters and the first reported by the McClatchy news organization on Saturday .
Two sources close to the plans told Reuters that the documents have been approved by National Security Secretary John Kelly but are under final review by the White House. They are expected to be released to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) early next week.
Under orders, hundreds of thousands of people would face expedited expulsion procedures, including those that had not been prioritized for deportation under former President Barack Obama.
The memos are a guide to instruct agents in the field to implement two executive orders signed by Trump on January 25 aimed at discouraging future migration and expelling more illegal immigrants from the United States.
A memo instructs ICE agents to ignore Obama’s memorandums on immigration priorities that only targeted newcomers and convicted criminal migrants for deportation. Migrants with crimes but not convicted would be prioritized for deportation. The guide also allows ICE agents wide discretion in deciding who to deport and considers illegal to anyone in the United States who is subject to deportation.
The guide leaves in place the Obama 2012 executive action that protected 750,000 people illegally brought by parents to the United States. The fate of politics, known as DACA, has been hotly debated within the White House, according to sources familiar with the discussions. Trump told a news conference on Friday that DACA was a “very difficult issue” for him.
The ICE note also indicates that immigrants will not be granted rights under the privacy laws of the United States.
The second memorandum instructs CBP officials to repress illegal migration at the border, keeping migrants in detention until a determination is made in their case.
The Department of Homeland Security did not deny any information contained in the draft memorandum, but did not provide further details.
A source familiar with the guide said the memos were scheduled for distribution on Friday, but the White House made a last-minute request to review them. It is not known if the White House can alter the guide.
Kelly said in one of the memoranda that illegal immigration across the US-Mexico border “had created a major vulnerability to US national security.”