DHS Orders Creation of VOICE Office to Help Victims of Criminal Aliens

The Department of Homeland Security released two memos on Tuesday meant to guide the implementation of two executive orders President Donald Trump signed in January on border security and immigration law enforcement.

New policies aimed at stemming the flow of illegal immigration will be implemented, that will "facilitate the detection, apprehension, detention and removal" of undocumented immigrants "who have no lawful basis to enter or remain in the United States".

"With extremely limited exceptions, DHS will not exempt classes or categories of removal aliens from potential enforcement", the department said.

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

There will be a continued priority given to undocumented migrants who may face deportation for everything from felonies to minor the criminal offenses, such as traffic violations.

Immigration authorities also could seek to deport people based on their own judgment that the immigrants represent a risk to public safety or national security, he said.

Under a new policy, immigrant farmworkers who used false documents to get a job in the fields or any undocumented immigrant who is accused but not convicted of a crime, will be a prime candidate for deportation.

"You have some absolutely incredible kids, I would say, mostly", Trump said.

They also call for 10,000 more ICE agents and 5,000 more Border Patrol agents to be hired, goals mentioned in Trump's executive actions.

Those guidelines codify and detail executive orders as well as longstanding promises from President Trump to rapidly escalate the number deportations of undocumented immigrants, a push that has already reportedly started with sweeps in major US cities in recent weeks.

The new directives don't affect so-called "Dreamers", people brought to the us illegally as children, who have obtained protection from deportation under Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an official said on the conference call with reporters.

Forging new agreements with local law enforcement.

He said following his first meeting with President Obama that Obama had asked him to consider keeping the policy in place. Local immigration advocates said they will protect undocumented immigrants. Under the new policy, if someone can't prove he or she has been living in the United States continuously for two years, they could now be eligible for expedited removal. "These memos confirm what we've long feared-that General Kelly is an eager accomplice to President Trump's anti-immigrant crusade". For law enforcement, being able to use discretion and prioritize serious offenders - rather than allocate resources to arrest people in the country illegally - saves time and money, civil rights attorney Connie Rice told NPR last week.

Immigrants who can not prove they have been in the country for at least two years would be subject to "expedited removal".

  • Salvatore Jensen