President Donald Trump campaigned on the promise that he would crack down on illegal immigration, and so far, he has followed through on that promise in several ways.
According to reports, the Trump administration is now considering expanding the Department of Homeland Security’s powers to allow them to expedite deportations of illegal immigrants.
A 13-page internal memo was recently reviewed by the Washington Post, in it, they found that the exemption would include “illegal immigrants apprehended anywhere in the United States who cannot prove they have lived in the country continuously for more than 90 days.”
Conservative Tribune reports:
The move would not require congressional approval, The Post reports.
If approved, this rule change would greatly expedite the removal of some illegal immigrants, while also helping to unclog an immigration court system that’s proven itself to be wholly inadequate for the immense job at hand.
At the start of the year The New York Times reported that “(e)ven if immigration officials initiated thousands of deportations immediately, court dates for those immigrants would be at least a year and a half away.”
That’s a problem that could be ameliorated to some extent were the rules pertaining to deportations simply adjusted.
“The potential changes would allow DHS to more efficiently use resources to remove persons who have been illegally present for relatively brief periods of time while still observing due-process requirements,” DHS spokeswoman Joanne F. Talbot explained to The Post, adding that no final decisions have been made yet.
As for Trump, he firmly supports the current head of the DHS and even praised him on Twitter recently.
General Kelly is doing a great job at the border. Numbers are way down. Many are not even trying to come in anymore.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2017
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