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In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, photo released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement shows foreign nationals being arrested this week during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens in Los Angeles. Immigrant advocates on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, decried a series of arrests that federal deportation agents said aimed to round up criminals in Southern California but they believe mark a shift in enforcement under the Trump administration. (Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP)

Drafts of new Homeland Security rules show sweeping changes to deportation policies


Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has signed new guidelines that significantly change the agency's approach to deporting undocumented immigrants, according to The Washington Post.

Two memos reviewed by the Post show the plans would override many Obama-era regulations. Former President Obama emphasized deporting undocumented immigrants with criminal backgrounds and terrorist ties, but Kelly's memos would expand DHS' powers. 

Here's what the new rules will let DHS do:

  • Hire 15,000 more agents
  • Prioritize a larger percentage of immigrants for deportation
  • Speed up deportation hearings for people who have been in the country for two years or less
  • Deputize local police to act as immigration officers for the purposes of deportation
  • Immediately send Mexicans detained at the border back to Mexico, rather than house them while awaiting a deportation hearing
  • Prosecuting parents who pay smugglers to get kids across the border

An anonymous White House official said the memos are drafts and are still being reviewed by the White House Counsel's Office. They do not mention plans to activate National Guard troops to deport undocumented immigrants which had been reported Friday.

The memo also makes no mention of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA, or "Dream Act") program that President Trump initially promised to terminate but has since backed down on. He said last week he would show "great heart" toward the program.

This memo is just breathtaking, the way they really are looking at every part of the entire system.
Marielena HincapiƩ

Marielena HincapiƩ, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, was surprised by the memos.

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