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The president’s promise to get tough on immigration has taken an important step forward with the drafting and approval of new guidelines to give federal authorities more power to detain and deport undocumented immigrants.
Late last week, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly signed a pair of memos outlining plans for the agency to hire thousands of additional enforcement agents, expand the pool of immigrants who are prioritized for removal, speed up deportation hearings and enlist local law enforcement to help make arrests. The new directives would supersede nearly all of those issued under previous administrations.
A White House official says the memos are drafts that are under review by the White House Counsel’s Office, which is seeking some changes. Regardless, the move has raised many questions and concerns about the immediate fate of millions of people who are in the country but are undocumented.
- Fernando Pizarro Washington correspondent, Univision.
- Cecilia Muñoz A top advisor to President Obama on immigration; former director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.
- Mark Krikorian Executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies.
- Cesar Vargas Co-director of the Dream Action Coalition, an organization advocating a path to citizenship for the undocumented. Last year, he became the first openly undocumented lawyer in New York state.
- Shawn Moran Border patrol agent in San Diego and vice president of the National Border Patrol Council.
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