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Track-Trump February 21, 2017


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President Trump gave comments condemning the recent spate of anti-Semitic acts in the US, calling them “horrible and painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”

The Department of Homeland Security released two memos (1, 2) detailing changes in immigration enforcement procedure prompted by executive orders (1, 2) signed in late January. The memos expand the category of individuals prioritized for removal to include all individuals with criminal records, including non-violent offenders. The memos call for the revival of the 287(g) program, under which local law enforcement officers are deputized as de facto immigration enforcers. The memos also broaden the reach of the expedited removal process, which under the Obama administration was typically limited to an area 100 miles north of the southern border and only targeted individuals in the country for fewer than 14 days. New guidance allows for expedited deportation across the US, targeting individuals in the country for two years or less.

To meet the demands of a broader deportation effort, the memos call for thousands of additional immigration enforcement agents, new detention facilities, and other resources.

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