On February 21, President Donald Trump issued new guidelines for immigration enforcement that dramatically expand the scope of people who will be pursued for deportation. Under the new system, anyone convicted, or even suspected, of a minor or routine crime will be prioritized for deportation. This means that a driving penalty can result in deportation. Previously, only serious crimes were prioritized. This new approach will be led by the Department of Homeland Security, headed by Secretary Kelly.
The newly released memos call for an additional 10,000 immigration and customs agents. It also calls for an increase in facilities, and the resurrection of a program that deputizes local and state law enforcement officers to carry out immigration enforcement duties – an arrangement that had been sidelined under former President Barack Obama. This policy hurts families, children, and people who contribute to the dynamic and diverse economy of the United States.
“These memos confirm that the Trump administration is willing to trample on due process, human decency, the well-being of our communities, and even protections for vulnerable children, in pursuit of a hyper-aggressive mass deportation policy,"Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project.
We believe that immigrants have contributed greatly to the fabric of the United States. We benefit from diversity in our classrooms, communities, and workplaces. We need to send a strong and clear message to Secretary Kelly that we must reverse course.
Immigrants and Americans deserve better.
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