John F Kelly the new Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has hit the ground running. On Tuesday, he issued two new memos. One memo is that DACA (Dreamers) is not to be touched………….yet and the second is that construction of the border wall is to be started immediately. Just the day before memos called for an expanded target for deportations and the day before that came an announcement that 10,000 more agents will be hired to expedite deportations.
Nearly 700 criminal aliens were taken off the streets just last week. This is just one more area where President Trump is moving full steam ahead on his promises to the voters in the last election. I am older than air and twice as polluted but I don’t remember a president taking on so many yuge issues than Trump has. Of courser, Ronald Reagan pushed for a lot of issues too just not at the same pace.
One of the two memos states, “A wall along the southern border is necessary to deter and prevent the illegal entry of aliens and is a critical component of the President’s overall border security strategy.” The memo orders Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to use materials originating in the U.S. to “immediately begin planning, design, construction and maintenance of a wall, including the attendant lighting, technology (including sensors), as well as patrol and access roads, along the land border with Mexico in accordance with existing law.”
The memos order the hiring of an additional 10,000 ICE officers and 5,000 CBP officers. They also get rid of an Obama administration program which forced ICE to focus on deporting only the most serious of criminals, and reinstate the 287(g) program which allows for local and state law enforcement officials to enforce federal immigration law.