Border patrol agents and customs officials have been instructed to identify, capture and quickly deport every undocumented immigrant they encounter.
The Department of Homeland Security rolled out a new set of directives from the president today, part of Trump’s plan to increase immigration enforcement. The orders are said to place a vast majority of undocumented immigrants at risk for deportation. In addition, undocumented immigrants caught entering the country will promptly be placed in detention until their case is resolved.
It’s estimated an additional 10,000 immigration agents will be needed, and the orders give local law enforcement more ability to carry out the immigration orders. The new strategy also calls for more jails to be built along the southwestern border with Mexico.
During the Obama Administration, deportation priority was placed on those undocumented immigrants convicted of serious crimes. Now, immigration officials are directed to remove those convicted of any criminal offense, which includes committing fraud to receive public benefits.
The new memos also orders an end the practice known as “catch and release,” where immigrants were released into the country with an order to reappear for court hearings later. Now immigrants who are caught will be arrested immediately.
The new orders do not suggest the use of National Guard troops to be used for border security, as has been reported by some news outlets in the past week, the USA Today reported.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program that has granted about 750,000 protection from deportation will stand. Those already granted protection will not be deported.