Trump’s DHS memos: Millions at risk of deportation as crackdown looms
21 February 2017
The Trump administration is set to give final approval to two leaked memos signed by Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, according to multiple press reports. The basic content of the memos will be largely unchanged from the versions made public over the weekend. An official announcement adopting the memos is expected this week.
The full implementation of these protocols would fundamentally alter the demographic makeup of the United States and would result in one of the largest forced migrations in world history. The new DHS protocols place millions of migrants at risk of removal and threaten to upend the lives of millions more family members and friends.
A Texas immigration lawyer who wished to remain anonymous for fear the government would punish her clients told the World Socialist Web Site, “The highlights of the memo have shaken the core of those we serve as fear has seeped in, leaving them doubtful of the immediate future.”
The total number of migrants who can be arrested, detained and deported immediately without a court hearing is likely in the hundreds of thousands, as the memos expand the “expedited removal” process to include migrants located anywhere in the US who cannot prove two years of residence. Previously, only migrants captured within 100 miles of the border and within 14 days of their entry could be removed without appearing before a judge.
The memos prioritize the removal of migrants with criminal records, as well as those who have been charged with a criminal offense; those who have “abused any program related to receipt of public benefits” or those who “in the judgment of an immigration officer otherwise pose a…