Donald Trump’s Comprehensive Border Reforms Kill Obama’s Pro-Migration Policies

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The highly effective 298(g) program is reinstated
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Neil Munro
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19 February 2017
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National News
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The Department of Homeland Security is discarding many of President Barack Obama’s catch-and-release border policies and will hire an additional 15,500 enforcement and border officers, according to two new policy memos.

The comprehensive immigration reforms of Obama’s policies were signed by DHS chief Gen. John Kelly on Feb. 17. They direct DHS officials to use an expedited repatriation process for illegals who have been in the United States for up to two years, to return border-crossing Mexicans home while their appeals for entry are adjudicated, and to prosecute illegal aliens who hire migrant-smugglers to get their children into the United States.

Under Obama, officials were only allowed to use the expedited repatriation process for illegals who arrived within the prior two weeks. Also at Obama’s direction, border-crossers were released into the United States while border officials considered the appeals for asylum, and border officials were required to partner with the people-smuggling coyotes by delivering their cargo—the foreign youths and children—from the borders to their illegal-alien parents residing throughout the United States.

The Kelly memos also revive the 287(g) program, which helps state and local police force work with DHS agents to enforce the nation’s popular immigration laws. Obama shuttered the 287(g) program in 2014...

The new memos do not fully reverse Obama’s pro-immigration policies. For example, the rules do not stop or slow Obama’s 2012 mini-amnesty for younger illegals, the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program...




Memos signed by DHS secretary describe sweeping new guidelines for deporting illegal immigrants, Washington Post, February 19, 2017.