The Trump administration announced on Wednesday that it would be following through on one of its biggest campaign promises, to create a deportation force.
According to the “Washington Post,” the Department of Homeland Security intends to have 33,000 detentions beds available as part of a mass deportation program.
The DHS also said that it was considering giving powers to enforce federal immigration law to an increased number of local police forces
During the election, President Donald Trump promised to cut down on illegal immigration and said that he would build a massive wall along the Mexican border.
Opposing Views reports:
The first sections of the wall would be built in the Rio Grande Valley, which the DHS describes in the report as a “highest priority area,” and in San Diego.
A DHS spokeswoman told the Post that she refused to comment on “pre-decisional documents.”
These initiatives could be held up due to funding problems. Congress will have to approve funding for the construction of the wall before it can proceed and this could be blocked by political opponents.
“We believe it would be inappropriate to insist on the inclusion of such funding in a must-pass appropriations bill,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and four fellow Democrats wrote in a letter to the Republican Senate leadership.
Critics are upset with the Trump administration and believe they are acting illegally, but the reality is Trump is only trying to protect the United States from illegal immigrants.
J. Kevin Appleby, a senior director at the Center for Migrant Studies, pointed to the fact that illegal immigration has decreased since Trump came to power.
“Up to now, they have really been using scare tactics to put on a show, to demonstrate to supporters they are tough on immigration,” added Appleby, the Post reported. “Eventually, they really have to produce results. Without congressional approval [for funding], they will not reach the deportation numbers under Obama. That will be the test. If in the first year, if there are not a significant number deported, how will they distinguish themselves from the previous administration?”