New Documents Reveal How Trump's Deportation Plan Will Really Work

The memos are part of the administration's crackdown on undocumented immigrants entering the U.S. They are meant to implement President Trump's immigration actions from last month and enforce existing immigration law.

The documents, issued Tuesday by Homeland Security Director John Kelly, expand the priority list for immigrants who face immediate removal, summarize a plan to hire thousands of enforcement agents, and assign local authorities to act as immigration officers to apply immigration laws.

The memos are said to specifically protect the 750,000 people brought into the U.S. illegally by their parents - an Obama era policy referred to as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals of DACA.

"The surge of immigration at the southern border has overwhelmed federal agencies and resources and has created a significant national security vulnerability to the United States", the Kelly guidelines stated, the Post reported.

New policies aimed at stemming the flow of illegal immigration will be implemented, that will "facilitate the detection, apprehension, detention and removal" of undocumented immigrants "who have no lawful basis to enter or remain in the United States".

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The memos keep policies in place to interview recent arrivals for "credible fear" but also tighten guidance on who can be released into the country while awaiting a court hearing; most immigrants will be detained, according to the memos.

The Obama administration made a point of prioritizing those with criminal histories for deportation.

The memo also directs the hiring of more border patrol and ICE agents.

Two DHS memos now under White House review will expand the border force by 15,000 and expedite deportation of criminal illegals.

While a memo explicitly states there is no protected class of immigrants, the status of DREAMErs - the young, educated immigrants protected under former President Barack Obama's DACA program - is now unknown.

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The paper, along with the Memorandum for the Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest, were signed Monday by John Kelly, the secretary of the DHS.

"Regardless of the desires for family reunification, or conditions in other countries, the smuggling or trafficking of alien children is intolerable", Kelly said in one of the memos.

Now: Federal immigration officials can send those people back to Mexico, even if they're not from there. "Now it will include those who have been in the country for up to two years, and located anywhere in the nation".

The instructions also expand so-called expedited deportations, under which someone who is in the US illegally is detained and thrown out without appearing before an immigration judge.

In addition, the policies call for an expansion of a federal program that enlists state and local law enforcement to enforce immigration laws.

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For example, the memos dictate that under the new policy, if an immigrant is unable to prove they've been living in the United States continuously for two years, they could be eligible for expedited removal.


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