According to new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memos, the Trump administration plans to vastly expand the pool of undocumented immigrants in the United States who will be targeted for removal.
Guidance from U.S. Sec. of Homeland Security John Kelley dated February 20 aims to enforce President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration and border security - strengthening border enforcement and restricting privacy of undocumented immigrants.
In executive actions signed soon after he became president last month, Donald Trump announced plans to build a wall on the border with Mexico and to increase enforcement actions against the nation's estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants.
The draft orders also seek to criminalize children who arrived in the United States as "unaccompanied minors" to reunite with an undocumented parent.
One of the documents directs the Border Patrol agency to hire 5,000 additional agents while ICE would make 10,000 additional personnel "as well as operational and mission support and legal staff necessary to hire and support their activities".
The Trump administration on Tuesday issued new guidelines that constitute a "sweeping rewrite" of Obama-era policies on immigration, greatly expanding the number of individuals that can be forcibly deported and further emboldening the current crackdown. The memos expand the period of expedited removal from two weeks to two years after people enter the country, and eliminate a requirement that they were within 100 miles of the border.
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Despite those priorities, the official said that it doesn't mean that everyone else is exempt from potential enforcement.
A United States official familiar with the documents did not dispute the accuracy of the memos signed by Mr Kelly, which were originally scheduled for release last Friday before they were postponed for White House review. Local and state law-enforcement officials will also be allowed to arrest unauthorised immigrants.
Historically, the government has been able to quickly repatriate Mexican nationals caught at the border but would detain and try to formally deport immigrants from other countries, routinely flying them to their home countries.
Kelly also said the new rules replace nearly all previous rules issued under previous administrations on how deportations should be conducted.
He adds that public safety suffers when immigrants fear police: "To me it's relatively clear that the Trump administration is trying to make citizens afraid of immigrants and make immigrants afraid of law enforcement".
Kelly said that the January 27 order, which has been halted by a court challenge, was designed as a "temporary pause" to allow him to "see where our immigration and vetting system has gaps".
Kelly is also looking to turn-back illegal aliens who try to cross the USA border while they await a ruling on their deportation hearings-saving resources that would normally be used for detention centers.