[2/19/17] Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has signed new guidelines allowing federal authorities to more aggressively detain and deport illegal immigrants, the Washington Post reported.
According to the memos, the agency plans to hire thousands of additional enforcement agents, expand the pool of illegals prioritized for removal, speed up deportation hearings and enlist local law enforcement to help make arrests, the Post reported.
The new directives go beyond those under President Barack Obama, which focused deportations exclusively on hardened criminals and those with terrorist ties, the Post reported.
“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,” the Kelly guidelines stated, the Post reported.
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