Trump Administration Draws Up Plans to Make 'Deportation Force' a Reality

  • Trump Administration Draws Up Plans to Make 'Deportation Force' a Reality

Trump Administration Draws Up Plans to Make 'Deportation Force' a Reality

The agency is having trouble meeting current hiring quotas, so now it's actively looking to reinstate agents who voluntarily separated over 12 months ago; specifically candidates who have already gone through the Border Patrol Academy.

Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, is said to be pushing Congress to include funding cuts for sanctuary cities in its must-pass appropriations bill, though that heightens the risk of a shutdown at the end of August. "This is the Trump era", Attorney General Jeff Sessions told immigration officials in Arizona on Tuesday.

"For those that continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned. This is the Trump era". "I can't see how this makes the border any more secure", he said, calling the polygraph change "preposterous", he told the New York Times. A portion of the entrance exam testing Spanish language skills may also be eliminated, though agents will still be required to demonstrate "the appropriate level of proficiency in Spanish", the assessment reads.

Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, said the panelists want to know the names of bureaucrats who are standing in the way of smart enforcement - though she said the Border Patrol unions, which endorsed Trump in the election campaign, may have a greater claim to the president's ear.

But it does discuss the plans for increased detention of undocumented immigrants and surging the hiring of border patrol agents.

On top of that, DHS has identified potential facilities that could add up to 21,000 beds to its capacity, but that will depend on funding. Mexico objects to this, but the memo presents several options for speeding up these proceedings, such as holding video conferences or stationing more immigration judges on the border. In order to build those prototypes, DHS requested and received congressional approval for funds to be "reprogrammed" for fiscal year 2017. James Tomsheck, a former assistant commissioner for internal affairs at Customs and Border Protection says that lowering the standards to speed up the hiring process is ridiculous and will leave the agency vulnerable to corruption.

Beyond DHS personnel, the memo also says the agency has had success recruiting local police departments to join its 287 (g) program - which essentially deputizes local law enforcement agents to operate as federal immigration agents. DHS says applications from 18 new departments are under consideration, with another 50 expressing interest in participating.