DHS chief tells Guatemalans US won't have mass deportations

CNN: "Trump's immigration policies offer a troubling view of what lies ahead for immigrant families and their allies".

The US administration has not made any comment as to what it expected Mexico to do with the people it deports there, and the Mexican government is yet to speak out on the subject.

President Donald Trump is expanding his crackdown on undocumented immigrants and the Department of Homeland Security is increasing the number of people targeted for deportation. "It's up to them to do their job, and we will do ours".

In Arizona, immigrant Abril Gallardo said the policies have prompted new conversations with her parents and siblings.

The Trump administration riled Mexican officials by choosing Tuesday - the day before the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly were due to visit Mexico City - to release sweeping guidelines on deportations and a border wall.

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DHS chief tells Guatemalans US won't have mass deportations

The memos dated February 17 seek to implement President Donald Trump's broad directive to crack down on illegal immigration. This week, perhaps as soon as Wednesday, Trump is expected to sign a revised executive order affecting travel between the USA and seven Muslim-majority countries.

The new memos outline blanket policies aimed at almost all undocumented individuals: "With extremely limited exceptions, DHS will not exempt classes or categories of removal aliens from potential enforcement".

Programs like President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which offers unauthorized immigrants who arrived as children a path to work legally in the USA, are not affected by the new guidance.

The orders have widened the net for deportations. "All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to enforcement proceedings, up to and including removal from the United States", the fact sheet explains. "New Trump Deportation Rules Allow Far More Expulsions", reads an ominous New York Times headline.

He said he is relieved that the Trump administration is leaving in place the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, program, according to one of the memos.

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But a Post-ABC poll during the presidential primaries found a very different result when asking about support for deporting all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Just 36 percent supported the idea, exactly half the level of support for deporting convicted criminals in the post-election poll. That program was meant to protect people who were brought to the United States as children without documentation and essentially grew up here. "To me, it's one of the most hard subjects I have because you have these incredible kids".

"We're going to review all the trade deals that are out there", White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters on Tuesday. Children who attempt to cross the border by themselves are eligible for extra protections, like a hearing before an immigration judge.

It's unclear how many of those Border Patrol agents would end up in San Diego.

President Trump wants to make changes to NAFTA, which went into force 23 years ago.

Expansion of the 287 (g) program will be concentrated on the "border regions", according to the memo. So, as of now, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, is going to have to prioritize who gets held. Under the Obama administration, the program was used less and less, but the Trump administration hopes to ramp it up again.

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Retired General John Kelly has been confirmed as Secretary of Homeland Security, a sprawling department responsible for everything from domestic antiterrorism to border security and disaster prevention. "I don't think the Mexican government is prepared at all".

The document does indicate that the priority remains "removable aliens" who have been convicted of a crime or charged with a crime. "We will work with the countries involved to ensure proper coordination on the safe and humane return of their nationals".

"The message from this White House, and from the DHS, is that those people who are in this country illegally 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 it occurs", Spicer responded.

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