One of President Trump’s campaign promises to the American people was securing the nation’s borders and cracking down on illegal immigration in line with the platform to put American citizens first. Now the administration is allegedly moving toward the assembly of a nationwide deportation force.
An internal assessment done on the department of homeland security found the agency has 33,000 extra detention beds for the purpose of housing undocumented immigrants. Apparently, local police forces may be expanded and empowered with enforcement authority.
The agency is also looking for ways to speed up hiring hundreds of new personnel that will work as customs and border patrol officers which could mean removing physical fitness tests and polygraphs from the original screening processes. However, these arrangements may be held up by the costs outlined within the internal report and resistance in Congress, considering a lot of them in the representative and senate houses are firmly opposed to the great wall project which entails spending billions on its logistics, as well as, additional border security measures.
Issues Among the Ranks
According to insider sources, the department’s plans are still in the beginning stages and have not yet been revised by the senior management at the Department of Homeland Security. This assessment provides an idea of the behind the scenes plot within the department to carry out the executive orders signed by the President in January which was meant to speed up deportations and strengthen security at the border.
This has always been a hot button issue dividing the masses straight down the middle. It is not a sure thing, of course, considering campaigning on the platform and enforcing it while collaborating with different parts of government is another thing altogether. These plans are going to get a lot of pushback from political colleagues and counterparts of course. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has emphasized a number of times that his country is not going to pay one cent for the construction and the cost has raised concern in Congress.
It Has Already Begun
On the other hand, deportation is already happening under the President’s immigration policy. ICE agents around the country have been arresting undocumented people at courthouses and even at the immigration office, while Trump has made clear that deportation is going to be focused on the undocumented immigrants that have felony records. One criticism of the policy is the definition of criminal, in this regard, is vaguely classified to the point that it could also refer to those individuals that are simply illegals in the country.
Trump’s war on immigrants is not winning any popularity contests. Immigrant rights advocates have termed the plans unnecessary and a waste of money and resources aimed at scaring the country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants, some of whom have been living in America for several years.
Even though the Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly claimed the Homeland is not pursuing mass deportations, Trumps executive orders imply the opposite. They have basically expanded the classification for undocumented immigrants that are now worthy of deportation. The executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, Marielena Hincapie, had this to say; “This is an administration that very much is interested in setting up that mass deportation infrastructure and creating the levers of a police state.”