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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)

Homeland Security told agents to capture and deport every undocumented immigrant they find


The Department of Homeland Security published new rules that overhaul its deportation policy, instructing Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to capture and deport every undocumented immigrant they come across.

Draft versions of the memos showed sweeping changes were in store, and it appears those changes are largely intact. 

Here's what the new rules let DHS do:

  • Hire at least 10,000 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

The laws will allow agents to arrest an undocumented immigrant who officers have "probable cause to believe is in violation of the immigration laws," according to the memos. 
The Deferred Action Against Childhood Arrivals program instituted under President Obama will remain intact, DHS officials told USA Today

The new rules will end the "catch and release" policy. Instead of releasing undocumented immigrants around the U.S. and ordering them to show up for court hearings, many will be jailed.

The rules will also allow agents to deport people to Mexico immediately, whether or not they are Mexican. Past rules allowed people from other countries to be detained until they could fly back to their home country. 

A memo issued Monday on the orders can be viewed here.

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