Wed Dec 13 2017, 8:37:11 +03

Trump new immigration push could lead to historical mass deportation

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(Washington-AlummahWorld) The Department of Homeland Security Tuesday laid out the Trump administration's plans for aggressive enforcement of immigration laws, including a potentially massive expansion of the number of people detained and deported.

New sweeping immigration enforcement directives will allow for far more deportations than those in place during the Obama administration, according to new documents released by the US Department of Homeland Security.

The directive will also expand expedited removals of undocumented immigrants. Previously, US border patrol and ICE agents only had the authority to immediately remove people within 100 miles of the border who had been in the country for 14 days. The new policy allows for the quick removal of people who have been in the US for up to two years and anywhere in the country. Unlike the previous order which faces rejection from the court, the new guideline exempt green card holders from entering ban.

Department memos released Tuesday eliminate guidelines under the Obama administration that focused enforcement on immigrants in the United States illegally who have been convicted of serious crimes or are a threat to national security. The Obama administration also focused its enforcement resources on people who had just crossed the border. The new guidelines also called to send some immigrants caught crossing the Mexican border illegally back to Mexico, regardless of where they are from.

The vast majority of the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the US are at risk of deportation under new guidelines released on Tuesday by the Trump administration.

Trump's planned measures against illegal immigrants have drawn protests in the US, such as an event last week that activists called "A Day Without Immigrants" to highlight the importance of the foreign-born, who account for 13 percent of the U.S. population, or more than 40 million naturalized American citizens.

Muslim immigrants in are deeply concerned about new guidlines as they fear the initiative has aims at Muslim origin immigrants.