Excerpted from The Washington Post:
Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly has signed sweeping new guidelines that empower federal authorities to more aggressively detain and deport illegal immigrants inside the United States and at the border.
In a pair of memos, Kelly offered more detail on plans for the agency to hire thousands of additional enforcement agents, expand the pool of immigrants who are prioritized for removal, speed up deportation hearings and enlist local law enforcement to help make arrests.
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.
Kelly also said the agency will try to expand partnerships with municipal law enforcement agencies that deputize local police to act as immigration officers for the purposes of enforcement.
The program, known as 287(g), was signed into law by the Clinton administration and grew markedly under President George W. Bush’s tenure. It fell out of favor under the Obama administration.
Currently 32 jurisdictions in 16 states participate in the program, according to Kelly’s memo.
Kelly called the program a “highly successful force multiplier,” and instructed his deputies to expand it “to the greatest extent practical.”
In a series of executive actions in January, President Trump announced plans to make good on his campaign promises to build a wall on the border with Mexico and to ramp up enforcement actions against the nation’s estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants. Kelly’s memos, which have not been released publicly, are intended as an implementation blueprint for DHS, formally establishing the new policies and directing agency employees to begin following them.
However, many specifics of achieving the goals of Trump’s executive orders remain unclear. For example, Kelly’s memos direct federal officials to seek all available funding for the border wall, but most of the funds, estimated at more than $20 billion, must be appropriated by Congress.
Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, which represents federal agents and officers, had not seen the memos as of Saturday afternoon. In an interview, he said his organization fully supports the Trump administration’s agenda on border security.
Judd said he thinks the effort to crack down on enforcement is already paying dividends. He said that apprehensions of unauthorized immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, one of the heaviest traveled areas of the border, have fallen by about 1,000 between the first two weeks of January and first two weeks of February.
Those figures could not be independently corroborated by The Washington Post.
Judd attributed the purported decline to fear among immigrants of the new Trump administration policies, including requirements that those who are apprehended will not be released before their immigration court hearings.
“They’re heading in the right direction,” Judd said.
Alrighty then. Stopping illegals and removing them from the USA was a main campaign promise that got Trump elected. Good to see he’s keeping his promises.
Now local law enforcement will have the legal authority to apprehend and detain illegals. Cool! This is part of their oath anyway… the part about defending the United States from all enemies, foreign or domestic.
If you are here illegally the GET OUT and STAY OUT. If you want to live here, get in line like millions of immigrants before you. Learn the language. Assimilate and become American.
Meanwhile, lefty heads are exploding. Bwhahahhahaha
Winning feels good!