Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Trump Targets Many More Immigrants for Possible Deportation [Corrected 02/24/17]

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Trump Targets Many More Immigrants for Possible Deportation [Corrected 02/24/17]

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CORRECTION: Hire thousands of additional enforcement agents Expand the pool of immigrants prioritized for removal Speed up deportation hearings Enlist local law enforcement to help make arrests

- Hire thousands of additional enforcement agents

- Expand the pool of immigrants prioritized for removal

- Speed up deportation hearings

- Enlist local law enforcement to help make arrests

WASHINGTON * Many more people living in the United States illegally could face rapid deportation including people simply arrested for traffic violations under the sweeping rewrite of immigration enforcement policies announced Tuesday by the administration of President Donald Trump.

Any immigrant who is in the country illegally and is charged or convicted of any offense, or even suspected of a crime, will now be an enforcement priority, according to Homeland Security Department memos signed by Secretary John Kelly. That could include people arrested for shoplifting or minor offenses.

The memos replace the administration of President Barack Obama's more narrow guidance focusing on immigrants who have been convicted of serious crimes, are considered threats to national security or are recent border crossers.

The new enforcement documents are the latest efforts by Trump to follow through on campaign promises to strictly enforce immigration laws. He's also promised to build a wall at the Mexican border he insists Mexico will eventually foot the bill and Kelly's memos reiterate calls for Homeland Security to start planning for the costs and construction.

Trump's earlier immigration orders, which banned all refugees as well as foreigners from seven Muslim-majority countries, have faced widespread criticism and legal action. A federal appeals court has upheld a temporary halt.

Kelly's latest plans call for enforcing a long-standing but obscure provision of immigration law that allows the government to send some people caught illegally crossing the Mexican border back to Mexico, regardless of where they are from. Those actions would wait for U.S. deportation proceedings to be complete.

This would be used for people who aren't considered a threat to cross the border illegally again, the memo says.

That provision is almost certain to face opposition from civil libertarians and Mexican officials, and it's unclear whether the United States has the authority to force Mexico to accept third-country nationals. But the memo also calls for Homeland Security to provide an account of U.S. aid to Mexico, a potential signal that Trump plans to use that funding to get Mexico to accept the foreigners.

Historically, the U.S. has quickly repatriated Mexican nationals caught at the border but has detained immigrants from other countries pending deportation proceedings that could take years.

TOUGHER ENFORCEMENT

The memos do not change U. …

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