Barack Obama maintained a fiction that he was the “deporter-in-chief.”
In reality, he left borders wide open and enacted policies that enabled illegal aliens to remain in the United States.
It was his biggest failure. But now it just came back to bite him.
Upon taking office, Donald Trump took immediate actions to reverse Obama’s pro-illegal alien policies.
The Department of Homeland Security is now carrying out new directives that make it easier for local law enforcement to work with federal immigration officials and allows for quicker deportations of illegal aliens.
“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.
Both memos are signed by Kelly, but they may be changed by White House lawyers, according to a Saturday report by Reuters. “The White House has the final say,” according to the McClatchey news bureau, which reported both memos.”
The new memos make it easier for federal agencies to share data about illegal aliens, send parents who sneak their children into America back into their home countries, and end-catch-and-release.
The memos also work to stop the flow of unaccompanied minors from Central America.
Breitbart also reports:
“The memo tries to stop the Central American migration by applying current law, which says that children of illegal aliens—dubbed “unaccompanied alien children” or UACs—cannot apply for asylum. According to the memo:
Approximately 60% of minors initially determined to be “unaccompanied alien children” are placed in the care of one or more parents illegally residing in the United States. However, by Department policy and practice, such minors maintained their status as “unaccompanied alien children,” notwithstanding that they may no longer meet the statutory definition once they have been placed by HHS in the custody of a parent in the United States who can care for the minor. Exploitation of that policy led to abuses by many of the parents and legal guardians of those minors and has contributed to significant administrative delays in adjudications by immigration courts and users.”
Trump won the Republican nomination and the election on a platform of cracking down on illegal immigration.
His early actions suggest unlike typical Republicans who campaign on border security and then work for amnesty, Trump will stay true to his word.
But his calls for tougher actions to end illegal immigration would never have resonated with the American people if they didn’t judge Obama to be a failure on this crucial issue.