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Trump Administration Cracks Down On Illegal Immigrants

Tommy Persaud

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On Tuesday February 21, The Department of Homeland Security laid out the Trump administration’s plans to enforce the nation’s immigration laws more aggressively, using the full potential of the federal government to track, arrest, and deport illegal immigrants.

During the Obama administration illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds were prioritized for deportation, however, the Trump administration is going to deport illegal immigrants regardless of their criminal background.

Documents released on Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security highlights the ambitious scope of the President. According to the New York Times, the President wants “to publicize crimes by undocumented immigrants; strip such immigrants of privacy protections; enlist local police officers as enforcers; erect new detention facilities; discourage asylum seekers; and, ultimately, speed up deportations.” These ruthless, aggressive tactics have begun to spur conflict in sanctuary cities.

The impact of this rapid deportation is to be determined. States such as California who was a high number of illegal immigrants and many sanctuary cities are estimated to have an economic deficit. According to US News, undocumented immigrants “collectively contribute nearly $12 billion to state” economies.

When it comes to the deportation of illegals that are children, they will not be target unless they have committed a crime. According to John F. Kelly, the secretary of homeland security, the main motive behind this immigration reinforcement is because unauthorized immigrants are “taking away jobs from citizens, committing heinous crimes and being a financial burden on federal, state and local governments.”

By unleashing the full force of the federal government to find, arrest, and deport those in the country illegally, the Trump administration has created an atmosphere of fear that is likely to drive those illegally in the country into hiding.

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