Sheriff Reacts to DHS Crackdown on Illegal Immigration
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly moved Tuesday to implement a host of immigration enforcement changes ordered by President Trump.
According to FoxNews.com, a pair of memos released Tuesday by the DHS cover a sprawling set of initiatives, including:
- Prioritizing criminal illegal immigrants and others for deportation, including those convicted or charged with “any criminal offense,” or who have “abused” any public welfare program
- Expanding the 287(g) program, which allows participating local officers to act as immigration agents – and had been rolled back under the Obama administration
- Starting the planning, design and construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall
- Hiring 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and officers
- Hiring 5,000 Border Patrol agents
- Ending “catch-and-release” policies under which illegal immigrants subject to deportation potentially are allowed to “abscond” and fail to appear at removal hearings
On "Your World" today, Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff Mark Napier said it's too early to see what effect these measures will have, but county sheriffs certainly need federal help with immigration enforcement.
"There's a lot of discussion in Washington, D.C. about taking immigration enforcement a lot more seriously," Napier said. "I think it's very early on in Mr. Trump's administration and in the planning of these initiatives to really know exactly what they'll mean at the local level."
He said that the Trump administration isn't focused on "mass deportations" - as has been alleged by some in the media - but instead shoring up resources, assisting local law enforcement and targeting illegal immigrant criminals.
Watch more above, and let us know what you think in the comments.