The department of homeland security is throwing out a lot of the policies put in place by the Obama administration, and replacing them with President Trump’s comprehensive border plan.
President Trump’s border plan will hire 15,500 new law enforcement officials to police the border, according to new policy memos. Under Obama, the policy was “catch and release,” with the former president coming under fire for allowing criminals to pass through.
The leaked memos also seek to block the large scale migration of children from Central America previously approved by Obama in 2011. It allowed for more than 350,000 migrants to be allowed into the United States and apply for residency.
The memos have yet to repeal DACA, Obama’s protection for undocumented youth that were brought here as children.
Breitbart reports that:
The comprehensive immigration reforms of Obama’s policies were signed by DHS chief Gen. John Kelly on Feb. 17. They direct DHS officials to use an expedited repatriation process for illegals who have been in the United States for up to two years, to return border-crossing Mexicans home while their appeals for entry are adjudicated, and to prosecute illegal aliens who hire migrant-smugglers to get their children into the United States.
Under Obama, officials were only allowed to use the expedited repatriation process for illegals who arrived within the prior two weeks. Also at Obama’s direction, border-crossers were released into the United States while border officials considered the appeals for asylum, and border officials were required to partner with the people-smuggling coyotes by delivering their cargo—the foreign youths and children—from the borders to their illegal-alien parents residing throughout the United States.
The Kelly memos also revive the 287(g) program, which helps state and local police force work with DHS agents to enforce the nation’s popular immigration laws. Obama shuttered the 287(g) program in 2014.
Both memos are signed by Kelly, but they may be changed by White House lawyers, according to a Saturday report by Reuters. “The White House has the final say,” according to the McClatchey news bureau, which reported both memos.