The Department of Homeland Security issued new directives Tuesday to increase deportations among the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Here is a look at past policy and how President Trump’s administration is expanding enforcement in five areas:
Past: A process known as an “expedited removal” was used mostly along the southwest border under President Obama. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Border Patrols agents were able to quickly deport undocumented immigrants caught within 100 miles of the border who had arrived in the U.S. in the previous two weeks.
Now: All federal immigration officers can now conduct an “expedited removal” anywhere in the U.S. against people who arrived in the U.S. in the previous two years. That will mean fewer opportunities for undocumented immigrants to appear before an immigration judge.
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Past: Under Obama, most undocumented immigrants caught entering the country were placed in detention or released on bond while their deportation cases proceeded. That practice, dubbed “catch and release,” led to many undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. and skipping out on their court cases.
Now: People caught entering the country will be placed in jail while their deportation cases are processed. Homeland Security plans to hire 10,000 ICE agents and build new detention facilities along the southwest border, and more immigration judges and staff will be…
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