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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

DHS memos signed by secretary give guidelines to deporting illegal aliens

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly has signed new guidelines that give federal authorities sweeping power to more aggressively detain and deport illegal aliens inside our borders.

Kelly, in a pair of memos, provided specific detail on plans for the agency to hire thousands more enforcement agents and increase the pool of immigrants who are prioritized for removal. The plan also speeds up deportation hearings and has local law enforcement help make arrests. In other words, it actually upholds the law.

Kelly's directives would supersede almost all previous directives under the Obama administration and go beyond Obama's focus of only deporting hardened criminals and those with terrorist ties, unless they had already visited the White House.

In the guidelines Kelly stated: "The surge of immigration at the southern border has overwhelmed federal agencies and resources and has created a significant national security vulnerability to the United States."

He cited statistics from the Obama administration when ten to fifteen thousand additional apprehensions per month were made at the southern U.S. border between 2015 and 2016.

In order to prevent rioting by rabid leftists who see no problem with allowing anyone to enter the country, a White House official said the memos were merely drafts and are under review by their Counsel's Office, which is seeking some changes. The official, who spoke to Fox News on condition of anonymity because the process was not complete, declined to provide specifics.

President Trump announced plans in January that he would make good on his campaign promises to build the wall on the border with Mexico and increase enforcement action against the estimated 11 million illegal aliens trying to take American jobs or receive entitlement benefits they believe they are entitled to collect from U.S. taxpayers.

The Kelly memos are meant as a blueprint for DHS in order to formally establish new policies and direct agency staff to start following them. 

But many of the specifics for achieving the goals of Trump's executive orders still need clarification such as the funding situation. Kelly's memos direct federal officials to seek all available funding for the border wall, but the funds must be appropriated by Congress and will amount to over $20 billion.

Immigrant rights advocates said the memos mark a major shift in U.S. immigration policies by dramatically expanding the scope of enforcement operations. [Read: Immigration rights circumventors said the memos unfairly want to follow the letter of the law and that is bad for their business.]

The new procedures would permit authorities to seek quick deportation proceedings, which are currently limited to undocumented immigrants who've been in the U.S. for less than 2 weeks, to anyone who has been here for up to 2 years.

Mexican immigrants would also be immediately returned to Mexico who are caught at the border pending outcomes of their deportation hearings, which would avoid having to house them on U.S. property. That would save space and money for the government.

Unaccompanied minors would be deterred from entering the U.S. Over the last three years, there was a wave of around 155,000 unaccompanied minors who came here from Mexico and Central America. Under the new policies, their parents in the U.S. could be prosecuted if they are found to have paid smugglers to bring them across the border.

Joanne Lin, senior legislative counsel at the ACLU said in a statement that "due process, human decency, and common sense are treated as inconvenient obstacles on the path to mass deportation," obviously forgetting how liberals have been treating the U.S. Constitution as an 'inconvenient obstacle' and that the parents of unaccompanied minors should have the 'common sense' not to send their children here illegally and unaccompanied. She added: "The Trump administration is intent on inflicting cruelty on millions of immigrant families across the country."

That's one perspective. 

Another perspective is the fact that illegal immigrants are inflicting financial cruelty on taxpayers and are violating our laws. If we want to be a sovereign nation, we need borders and laws to ensure it. 

So far, it looks like President Trump is trying to fulfill his campaign promises regarding immigration. And that's a yooge reason he got elected.

Believe me.