USA to expand pool of people targeted for deportation

The memos eliminate far more narrow guidance issued under the Obama administration that focused resources strictly on immigrants who had been convicted of serious crimes, threats to national security and recent border crossers.

The ICE memo also states that immigrants will not be afforded rights under USA privacy laws.

In addition to expanding the category of people targeted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the memoranda also detail plans to hire 10,000 new ICE officials and increase the number of immigrant detention facilities in the U.S.

"They also have full authority to initiate removal proceedings against any alien who is subject to removal under any provision of the (Immigration and Nationality Act)", it adds.

Unaccompanied minors who arrive in the United States would no longer be protected from deportation and their parents could face prosecution if they paid traffickers to smuggle their children across the border.

The memos implement a pair of executive orders signed last month by President Donald Trump, who said during the campaign that he would crack down on illegal immigration.

Kelly said in one of the memos that illegal immigration across the US border with Mexico had "created a significant national security vulnerability to the United States". In some cases, those deportations can take years as immigrants ask for asylum or otherwise fight their deportation in court.

The wall is meant to "achieve operational control of the border", Kelly said, noting that it will include lighting, sensors and other technologies as well as patrol and access roads. Secretary John Kelly signed a series of memos that were distributed among agency chiefs on Friday and would, among other things, expand by hundreds of thousands the number of immigrants who could be subject to expedited removal from the country.

Kelly said in one of the memos that illegal immigration across the USA border with Mexico had "created a significant national security vulnerability to the United States".

The crackdown strategy notably leaves in place the Obama administration's policy for "dreamers" brought here illegally when they were children.

Besides Pena Nieto, the two American officials will meet with Mexico's ministers of the interior, foreign affairs, finance, defense and the navy, the State Department said. Under the new guidelines, all undocumented people approved for deportation will be returned to the country from which they entered illegally instead of where they originally came from.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly arrives for a news conference at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters in Washington, D.C., on January 31.

Key topics include border security, law enforcement operation and trade, according to a State Department statement. Local and state law-enforcement officials will also be allowed to arrest unauthorised immigrants.

The instructions also expand so-called expedited deportations, under which someone who is in the US illegally is detained and thrown out without appearing before an immigration judge.