Early last week, the Trump administration issued strict new orders for a radical crackdown on illegal immigrants. The United States is the home to approximately eleven million undocumented foreigners. These people have spent years building families and livelihoods in the country, and now face a serious threat of deportation.
DHS Shows Support For Trump Administrations New Order
John Kelly, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shows agreeance with the Trump administration in one of his formal memos, when he says, “The surge of illegal immigration at the southern border has overwhelmed federal agencies and resources and has created a significant national security vulnerability to the United States.” Meanwhile, Right groups view this “mass deportation” plan as a “witch hunt” and as having the potential to damage the economy. The new order makes it easier for immigration and boarder officers to swiftly deport any undocumented immigrants they come across. The main exception, children. As of now, the priority will remain undocumented immigrants who have been charged with or are currently facing criminal charges.
The Department of Homeland Security memo goes on to say, “With extremely limited exceptions, DHS will not exempt classes or categories of removal aliens from potential enforcement. All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to enforcement proceedings, up to and including removal from the United States.” Mr. Kelly has ordered the immediate action to build the wall, which includes the hiring of 15, 000 officers for border patrol, immigration and customs agencies.
Views From Previous Presidential Parties And Pro-Immigration Groups
Prior to the turn in policy by the Trump Administration, the Obama and Bush Administration expressed a more lenient perspective regarding deportation of the countries undocumented immigrants. They sought out a plan to allow the majority of illegal immigrants to remaining in the country, which seems to be the opposite intention of the Trump administration. Pro-immigration groups have expressed shock and outrage will President Trumps Deportation plan. “Secretary Kelly has unleashed an unprecedented witch hunt on millions of immigrant families,” said Angelica Salas, the executive director for the Los Angeles-based Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights. Angelica goes on to say, “These guidelines represent an unlawful, expedited process, a dragnet, to remove undocumented immigrants living and working in the US. This is a dastardly approach to a very human issue.”
Has A Timeline Been Announced?
Of the eleven million undocumented immigrants in the US, an estimate of up to eight million are now at risk of deportation under Trump’s new enforcement measures. Funding for the policy will need to be approved by Congress, which at this time does not include a timeline. Appropriations bills require sixty votes in the Senate, so Republicans would have to assemble support from the Democratic party.
CASA- Lending A Hand To Those In Fear
CASA, is a Maryland-based organization that focuses on Latinos and immigrants. They are conducting “Know Your Rights” training in Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. CASA provides many undocumented immigrants with information regarding their rights and protections as workers or tenants of the United States. Topics such as; Basic Rights, and Protection from illegal searches and arrests in your home, are providing vital information to those effected by the newly introduced Deportation Plan.
Does Trump Really Have Support From The Majority?
January 20, 2017 marked the inauguration of Donald Trump, as President of the United States of America. Since his victory over Hillary Clinton, the majority of the population have expressed their discord with policies brought forth by the Trump administration. Not only does President Trumps irrational and unconstitutional deportation plan, risk relationships with leaders around the world, it substantially poses a threat to both national and global security.