Immigrant’s advocates and activists have considered the laid down policies nothing short of a mass deportation plan. Their fears have come true with the announcement of detailed plans and how the Trump administration is going to enforce the American immigration laws.
The executive director of National Immigration Law Center, Marielena Hincapié has said, “We are bracing ourselves for increased raids, increased detention of our family members, of our community members.”
The Department of Homeland Security has issues a pair of memos but its description has been rejected by Trump administration. These memos are like guidance for border and immigration officers and agents on how to enforce the immigration executive orders issued by the current American president soon after his election.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was questioned at the press briefing that could it be termed as mass deportation but his answer was no.
Spicer replied, “The message from this White House and from the DHS is that those people who are in this country and pose a threat to public safety or have committed a crime will be the first to go and we will be aggressively making sure they are the first to go.” According to him approx. 1 million people fit that criterion.
These memos contradict the priority system placed by the former president Barack Obama. This had given a sense of security to many immigrants which has been fading away since Trump’s election.