Trump administration drafts new guidelines to detain illegal immigrants
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 20-Feb-2017

Washington, February 20: Looking forward to protect the dignity of the country and to safeguard from the terrorist attacks, the Trump administration on Sunday drafted the new guidelines in order to detain illegal immigrants living in the US.
Notably, The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has drafted sweeping new guidelines aimed at aggressively detaining and deporting immigrants living in the US illegally. According to a pair of the memorandum signed by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, the new guidelines seek to implement US President Trump's broad directive to crack down on illegal immigration.

Kelly also outlined the plans to hire thousands of additional enforcement agents, expand on the priority list for immigrants marked for immediate removal and enlist local law enforcement to help make arrests.  He further said that 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. Kelly said that the apprehensions on the southern US border had seen an additional surge of 10,000 to 15,000 per month from 2015 to 2016.

The new guidelines leave in place one directive from the Obama administration, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows young people who were brought into the country illegally as children to stay and obtain work permits. The program has protected about 7.5 immigrants since its inception in 2012. Earlier Trump indicated his desire to end the program, but at his press conference, last week indicated that he would show great heart towards the program.

A White House official said the White House has raised objections with the documents and is working with DHS to finalise the policy. The official was not authorized to discuss the process publicly and insisted on anonymity. Under the draft guidelines, Kelly seeks to "expeditiously hire" 10,000 more enforcement agents and 5,000 Border Patrol officers.

Also seeking to fulfill Trump's campaign promise to build a wall along the Mexican border, Kelly calls on Customs and Border Protection to "immediately begin planning, design, construction and maintenance of a wall, including the attendant lighting, technology (including sensors), as well as patrol and access roads." He describes the wall as necessary to deter illegal immigration and calls it a "critical component" of Trump's overall border security strategy.

He says the department will also prioritize for more immediate removal those who have been convicted of a crime; charged with a crime; committed fraud in connection with a matter before a government agency; abused any program related to public benefits; or have not complied with orders to leave the country.

Interestingly, On 27 January President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting all refugee admissions and temporarily barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries. In this order, suspends the arrival of refugees in the US for at least 120 days and bars visas for travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for the next three months.

But the court of US has put the stay on travel ban decision and therefore Trump administration has taken this decision to stop illegal immigrants.