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‘Mass exile not goal of immigration memos’

22 February 2017, 5:38:11

International Desk:Mass deportation is not the destination of the Trump administration, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has said after new memos on Tuesday outlined a plan to detain and deport certain invalid or illegal immigrants.

Spicer on Tuesday canceled that description of the pair of memos issued by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly serve as guidance to immigration and border agents and officers on how to implement the immigration executive orders that President Donald Trump issued earlier.

One of the memos says the immigration agency will “no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement” with certain exceptions including children, the ABC News reported. It called former President Barack Obama’s prioritisation of deporting certain undocumented immigrants “failed” and said “department personnel may initiate enforcement actions against removable aliens encountered during the performance of their duties”.

The memos offer the clearest picture yet of how Trump plans to solve the issue of undocumented immigration, including calling for enlistment of local law enforcement to help detain and remove unauthorised individuals, construction of the border wall and expansion of detention facilities. One of the memos also directed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hire 10,000 officers and agents and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) to hire 5,000 additional border patrol agents and 500 air and marine agents and officers.

Spicer on Tuesday said: “Those who are in this country and pose a threat to our public safety or have committed a crime will be the first to go and we will be aggressively making sure that happens. That is what the priority is. “He said that by removing protocols prioritising certain immigrants for removal that were in place during the Obama administration, “the President wanted to take the shackles off” law enforcement and immigration officials.

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