Steps include hiring more agents, ending catch and release, but will allow those under DACA to stay.
The Department of Homeland Secretary has issued memos that provide new guidelines for immigration. These include hiring more agents and ending “catch-and-release,” but kept Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) intact.
Due to security concerns, Secretary Kelly wants to hire 10,000 ICE agents and 5,000 border patrol agents.
From The Washington Post:
The new directives would supersede nearly all of those issued under previous administrations, Kelly said, including measures from President Barack Obama aimed at focusing deportations exclusively on hardened criminals and those with terrorist ties.
“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,” Kelly stated in the guidelines.
Basically, Kelly has urged his department to follow the immigration laws America has on the books.
Kelly also pushed for a wall on the border with Mexico. He wants the government to “immediately begin planning, design, construction and maintenance of a wall, including the attendant lighting, technology (including sensors), as well as patrol and access roads.” He called the wall important and something the country needs “to deter illegal immigration” and a “critical component” to border security.
In his guidelines, Kelly has listed which aliens should be deported by importance. But the memos have spared those under DACA:
The changes would spare so-called “dreamers.” On a conference call with reporters, a DHS official stressed that the directives would not affect Obama-era protections for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and others given a reprieve in 2014. But outside those exemptions, Kelly wrote that DHS “no longer will exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement.”
This means that no illegal immigrant is exempt from removal from the United States except for the “dreamers.”
The DHS will also bring back any programs that allows “local law enforcement collaboration with the federal authorities.” Former President Obama’s administration eliminated these programs “because of concerns they violated due process or were a hindrance to local authorities.”
Kelly did not include the National Guard in the memos. Last week, a document leaked from the White House that the administration wanted to use 100,000 National Guard troops to round up illegals. Instead of double checking the story, the MSM ran with it and ended up with egg on their face.DONATE
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