5 ways Trump will increase deportations

"That's entirely a figment of folks' imagination", a DHS official who spoke anonymously said Tuesday on a call with reporters, according to the Washington Post.

One of Kelly's memos outlines that criminal immigrants will be a top priority.

Earlier this month, ICE stepped up its operations against illegal immigrants in a series of raids across several USA states, including the traditional "safe havens" around New York City and Los Angeles where immigration control has historically turned a blind eye to law-abiding undocumented migrants.

The official said that the memos are not meant to spur mass roundups or mass deportations and that as Mr. Trump has said, the administration will focus on criminals and people who have been convicted.

"The group will discuss border security, law enforcement cooperation and trade, among other issues", a Department of Homeland Security statement read.

The guidelines leave protection put in place by former president Barack Obama for immigrants known as "dreamers" who entered the United States without documentation as children. The number has surged over the past three years, as minors flee gang violence in countries like Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

One of the provisions suggests that individuals apprehended in the US and deemed inadmissible would need to prove that they have been in the USA continuously for two years.

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

"Department personnel shall faithfully execute the immigration laws of the United States against all removable aliens", the memo states, and adds.

"I think you'd see massive due-process violations in the removal system", she said.

President Trump's January executive orders expanded federal immigration authority, as well as the definition of who could be considered a criminal alien, and cracked down on sanctuary cities.

The guidance memos released by the DHS predict a massive increase in resources being allocated to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, building that wall, now downgraded to a fence, at the Mexican border and a hard-line approach to undocumented immigrants. In addition, according to The Hill, they don't address how additional detained undocumented immigrants will be housed since Congress would probably need to appropriate funds to expand or build additional detention facilities.

The new Trump plan also urges the start of construction of the wall along the US southern border.

NPR reports that the policies call for an expansion of the federal program that enlists the help of state and local police to help enforce immigration laws, but that partnership has come under fire by critics who allege that it has led to racial profiling.

  • Larry Hoffman