Newsday: President Trump forces the issue of illegal immigration

With federal actions still taking shape, Cramer said numerous residents - both immigrants and USA citizens by birth - ask him what his department was going to do. The main weapon in the feds' arsenal is heightened fear and suspicion and the potential for abuse of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, which require "probable cause" for arrests and due process of law.

'We're trusting in God, that he will help us and guide us to make the right decision, to have something better come out of this'.

Trump's plans include ramping up deportations of people who can not prove that they have been in the country continuously for two years.

But that protection is wiped away if immigration officers under DHS's purview decide whether to deport undocumented immigrants not just in transit, but who have been here for an extended period of time. "They are separating our families".

Collie said they're not going door-to-door looking for illegal aliens.

And then there's the question of how this might influence asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border. Previously, agents were directed to focus on convicted criminals; individuals who were merely in the United States illegally were not prioritized for deportation.

Trump hasn't made a plausible case for why these numbers should increase significantly.

ICE isn't going to get much cooperation with disputes like the one in Santa Cruz, where officials say they were misled into helping in a February 13 anti-gang operation only to learn that immigration arrests were also made.

Trump's first-week immigration moves embraced "shock and awe" (a phrase apparently used by Jeff Sessions in internal debates) as the key to restoring effective immigration control. There is no justice here. "We're not addressing the issue of undocumented people as a humanitarian issue and, instead, we just look at it as a legal issue or a financial issue, anything besides the fact that there is a human being put in a very rough situation".

21 said the new guidelines, which include hiring more border agents, planning the construction of a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border and hiring more legal personnel to "repatriate illegal immigrants swiftly", would enhance enforcement of immigration laws inside the U.S.as well as prevent further unauthorized immigration into the country.

When called upon, local police regularly assist ICE.

"We know there's going to be change". Obama rightly shrunk that operation over concerns about racial profiling and the distrust engendered between the immigrant community and police. Now, President Donald Trump has ripped the scab off this wound with a tough policy against those here illegally that should drive a comprehensive solution to our broken system.

Under the new Executive Orders and DHS guidelines, apart from recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), all those in violation of immigration laws may be subject to immigration enforcement including arrest, detention and/or removal from the US.

It's small consolation that, at least for now, Trump had the compassion and political good sense not to go after "Dreamers" - those 750,000 young people, including 216,000 in California, who were brought to the USA illegally as children and are protected by Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals order. A fingerprint match alerts ICE that a suspected undocumented immigrant has been arrested. Witness the case of Irvin Gonzalez Torres, a 33-year-old transgender woman in El Paso. "If we want to continue to produce food in this country to feed ourselves, without relying on imports, immigration reform must happen". However, he's seen it backfire, where the victim isn't an immigrant at all. Abusers would use the threat of deportation to hold over the heads of their partners.

Nick Jimenez has worked as a reporter, city editor and editorial page editor for more than 40 years in Corpus Christi.

Serving on the Daily Sun's Editorial Advisory Board this week were Publisher Don Rowley, Editor Randy Wilson and citizen members Laura Bustamante-Myers, Jeff Ross and Alison Walker.

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