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|According to a draft memorandum from the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. government plans to expand the categories of repatriated immigrants, accelerate the process of repatriating hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants, and raise the threshold of asylum.
The Ministry of National Security plans to increase the number of people by 15,000 to strengthen immigration law enforcement.
Homeland Security Minister Kelly said that local police would be empowered to enforce federal immigration laws, and he called for accelerated repatriation hearings.
Reported that in the draft memorandum, Kelly asked the Immigration Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) to increase the number of people by 10,000, Customs Border Protection Bureau (CBP) to increase by 5,000.
"The surge in undocumented immigrants on the southern border has made federal agencies and manpower unbearable and poses a serious threat to U.S. national security.
" The memorandum expands the so-called 287 (g) program, which is part of the Federal Immigration and Naturalization Act of the United States.
The memorandum authorizes CBP and ICE to receive assistance from state law enforcement agencies in law enforcement, but unlike earlier media releases, the memorandum does not mention the use of the National Guard.
The directive also directs the Ministry of National Security to use funds for legal aid to undocumented migrants to establish a VOICE, which will report on crimes committed by undocumented migrants and provide legal aid to victims, in accordance with President Trump's decree.
Kelly pointed out that in 2015, the number of arrests at the US-Mexico border increased by 15,000 people a month, seriously depleting federal resources and manpower.
According to the memorandum, more than 46,000 people were arrested at the US-Mexico border in October last year and 47,000 in November; compared with 2015, 32,000 people and 33,000 people were arrested in the same month.
As a result, the immigration court system is under tremendous pressure.
Kelly said that the cumulative number of immigration court cases now stands at 534,000, an increase of more than 200% compared with 168,000 in the 2004 fiscal year.
He also wrote that the construction of fences along the US-Mexico border was "necessary" and highly consistent with Trump's views.
Kelly also said that the Federal Immigration Law Enforcement Agency will expand its cooperation with municipal law enforcement agencies, appoint local police to assume the role of federal immigration law enforcement officers, and carry out the task of tracking undocumented immigrants.
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