Trump Looks to Expand Homeland Security Power Over Deportations

Washington D.C. (teleSUR) – The 13-page proposal opens the door for DHS officials to expand their jurisdictions to a national level.

The White House is debating the expansion of the Department of Homeland Security’s authority to allow for the rapid deportation of undocumented immigrants.

Current legislature dictates authorities can bypass immigration courts for individuals apprehended within 100 miles from the border and less than two weeks of entering the country.

The new 13-page proposal opens the door for DHS officials to expand their jurisdictions to a national level, allowing them to deport without trial those immigrants unable to show documentation of their residency in the U.S. for more than 90 days.

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Lawmakers argue that it will alleviate immigrant courts of the flood of immigration cases, however passing the legal amendment would mean overturning the DACA policy from the Obama administration which provided some 780,000 illegal immigrant children sanctuary.

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According to a memo on the bill, as of January, more than 534,000 immigrant deportation cases were pending in court.

The White House also reported it is considering scaling back legal immigration as well. An internal DHS memo defended the policy, saying it “will enhance national security and public safety.”

“This is a radical departure from current policy and practice, which takes one giant step towards implementing Trump’s deportation force across the nation,” said Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center to the Washington Post.

The policy is still in draft form and has not been approved by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

This post originally ran on teleSUR. 

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Randi Nord

Randi is a journalist in the United States and the co-founder of Geopolitics Alert. She covers U.S. imperialism in the Middle East with a special focus on Yemen.