DHS Secretary John Kelly has authorized the hire of 10,000 new ICE agents to help with the new focus of alien deportations.
Fox News reports:
The Department of Homeland Security’s plan to crack down on illegal immigration includes the hiring of thousands of additional federal agents and accelerating deportation hearings, according to memos signed this weekend by agency Secretary John Kelly.
The memos were signed Friday by Kelly and, if approved by President Trump, would give federal authorities more power to aggressively detain and deport illegal immigrants inside the country and along U.S. borders.
The guidelines also call for expanding the priority list for illegal immigrants marked for immediate removal and enlisting the help of local law enforcement agencies, reported first by CNN and The Washington Post, which has a copy of the memos.
If adopted, the changes would be in connection with executive orders Trump signed in late-January on illegal immmigration.
Kelly is calling for 10,000 additional ICE officers and agents and 5,000 new hires at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.
“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,” wrote Kelly, citing 10,000 to 15,000 more apprehensions along that border between 2015 and 2016.
This is a great sign that our borders and immigration laws will not only begin to be respected and enforced, but the scope of both will be dramatically increased.
There are reports of illegal immigrants illegally crossing the Canadian border seeking asylum and this is exactly why. They know they will be detained imminently and they would rather take their chances with Canada than U.S. Customs.