Tough guidelines on deporting illegal US immigrants

Donald Trump is following through on his promise to get even tougher than Barack Obama on deporting illegal immigrants.

BBC: US unveils sweeping orders to deport illegal immigrants

The Trump administration has issued tough guidelines to widen the net for deporting illegal immigrants from the US, and speed up their removal.

Undocumented immigrants arrested for traffic violations or shop-lifting will be targeted along with those convicted of more serious crimes.

All 11 million or so undocumented foreigners in the US could be affected.

But the plan leaves in place Obama-era protections for immigrants who entered the US illegally as children.

Fox News: DHS secretary orders immigration agent hiring surge, end to ‘catch-and-release’

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly moved Tuesday to implement a host of immigration enforcement changes ordered by President Trump, directing agency heads to hire thousands more officers, end so-called “catch-and-release” policies and begin work on the president’s promised U.S.-Mexico border wall.

“It is in the national interest of the United States to prevent criminals and criminal organizations from destabilizing border security,” Kelly wrote in one of two memos released Tuesday by the department.

The memos follow up on Trump’s related executive actions from January and, at their heart, aim to toughen enforcement by expanding the categories of illegal immigrants targeted for deportation.

The memos cover a sprawling set of initiatives including:

  • Prioritizing criminal illegal immigrants and others for deportation, including those convicted or charged with “any criminal offense,” or who have “abused” any public welfare program
  • Expanding the 287(g) program, which allows participating local officers to act as immigration agents – and had been rolled back under the Obama administration
  • Starting the planning, design and construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall
  • Hiring 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and officers
  • Hiring 5,000 Border Patrol agents
  • Ending “catch-and-release” policies under which illegal immigrants subject to deportation potentially are allowed to “abscond” and fail to appear at removal hearings

It’s unclear what timelines the secretary is setting for some of these objectives, and what budgetary and other constraints the department and its myriad agencies will face.

In pursuing an end to “catch-and-release,” one memo called for a plan with the Justice Department to “surge” immigration judges and asylum officers to handle additional cases.

This is attempting to fulfil campaign promises, but risks major disruption of families and communities and could impact significantly on companies relying on immigrant labour.



  1. Noel

     /  February 22, 2017

    Malcom have another call to Trump?
    Thresholds a lot lower than across the ditch.

  2. duperez

     /  February 22, 2017

    Think of all the new employment! Thousands as Immigration officers, thousands to build the wall, thousands to patrol the wall, thousands to take up the jobs of the illegals.

    The major disruption of families and communities will be all those relocating for the work. The Wisconsinites and Iowans will love it down south a ways!

  3. David

     /  February 22, 2017

    they should probably introduce a system like we have for the islands at the same time rather than the terribly slow and complicated system for temp workers. Trump is not unusual globally in removing people who arrive illegally, we are forever chucking out dodgy indians and rightly so.
    Obama deported 3 million people…un reported on of course.

  4. Nelly Smickers

     /  February 22, 2017

    • David

       /  February 22, 2017

      In fairness it was the media and other who went loopy over a mention of Sweden, Trump has been boasting about his new tourism ban to anyone who would listen because its very very popular


     /  February 22, 2017

    We can only dream of such legislation with the balless wonders we have in parliament. Feral island over-stayers, Muslim enclaves forming and immigrants clogging our hospitals.Please Donald, come on down under and show us how its done.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  February 22, 2017

      The immigrants whom I see ‘clogging our hospitals’ are medical staff (and other staff) The number of Muslims here is far too small to make enclaves.The remark about ‘feral’ Islanders’ is just stupid. Xenophobia is ugly and usually ill-founded. Wakey, wakey, there are not enough immigrants here to have the effects mentioned. And taxpayers from anywhere are entitled to receive the things that their taxes pay for.

      Please let Donald MiniHands keep away from here.

      • NOEL

         /  February 22, 2017

        I remember when i was attending radiology there were interpreters for at least 10 different languages

        One guy I had spoken to 1 minute at a time when our paths crossed during many appointments I was sure was a Kiwi because he identified he had served with the RNZAF during WW2.

        I was surprised when I heard his name been called after saw what I thought was another interpreter with his folio in his hand.

        When the veteran walked up to the desk folio say he was the driver from the RSA to take him home.

      • I was about to agree for a first time KC, but you lost me with your ad hominem.
        What have you against small(ish) hands?

        • PDB

           /  February 22, 2017

          Kitty hasn’t seen Trump formally apologize for his hands yet hence the angst……..

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  February 23, 2017

            Hardly angst, Pants. It was a play on Edward Scissorhands. Trump seems to believe that his hands are large, but they are not. Small hands make a person look weak, I think, as if they couldn’t do much real work with them.

  6. Kitty Catkin

     /  February 22, 2017

    What will Trump do about people who are there legally but working illegally ? They can’t all marry him.

    • David

       /  February 22, 2017

      What Obama did and deport them because by definition you are not there legally if you are working and not permitted too, you are in breach of your visiting conditions of entry and have lied to the DHS which is a federal offence.
      Obama deported 3 million people.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  February 23, 2017

        I somehow think that Mrs T won’t be deported although she did, at one time, work illegally as a model.

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