DHS Eliminates Obama's Catch-and-Release Immigration Policy

The Trump administration is expanding the number of illegal aliens who are considered a priority for deportation.

“There's a law in place that says if you're in our country illegally that we have an obligation to make sure that the people who are in our country are here legally,” said White House press secretary Sean Spicer who insisted the primary focus will be on criminal aliens.

Homeland Security is basically doing away with the Obama administration's "catch-and-release" policies that allowed all illegal aliens to stay in the U.S.

“What these memos point out is that we've returned to a 'normal' immigration enforcement situation where all illegal immigrants are potentially deportable unless there's specific reasons not to,” says Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies.

Krikorian says the plan also includes more boots on the ground and immigration judges to handle the expected increase of deportations.  “An additional 10,000 ICE officers and 5,000 Border Patrol agents, but that's something Congress has to okay the money for,” he says.

Bottom line, even those illegal aliens convicted of traffic violations could be deported.

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