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July 7, 2017 ICE Memo on Implementing Trump’s Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Plan

A memorandum dated February 21, 2017, obtained by ProPublica via FOIA, shows guidance ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers received, stating that regardless of criminal histories, “ERO officers will take enforcement action against all removable aliens encountered in the course of their duties.” The memo also contains guidance on detention, stating that “the agency is currently expanding detention space to support the E.O.’s termination of ‘catch-and-release’ policies.” Additionally the memo discusses the use of parole and other release, the processing and treatment of unaccompanied children, and more. For more information, read this ProPublica article, “ICE Officers Told to Take Action Against All Undocumented Immigrants Encountered While on Duty.”

Trump Signs Two Executive Actions on Immigration

Today, President Trump issued the first in a series of Executive Orders on border security and immigration enforcement. Among other items, the President announced that he would order DHS to construct a southern border wall, increase the size of the enforcement agencies, and require that states and localities engage in immigration enforcement to supplement federal efforts.

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