The Department of Homeland Security issued new rules Tuesday broadly expanding the authority of customs and border agents to detain and deport undocumented immigrants. The rules, which implement executive orders signed by President Trump in January, prioritize removal of immigrants who have committed serious crimes as well as those who have been merely charged with crimes. The rules also prioritize deporting immigrants who have defrauded a government agency or anyone who an immigration officer thinks poses a threat to public safety. The rules also direct Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hire 10,000 more officers and expand detention facilities. We discuss the new rules and their potential impacts.
Trump Administration Issues New Rules Tightening Immigration Enforcement
Detained immigrants are questioned after being captured by U.S. Border Patrol agents on August 16, 2016 in Roma, Texas. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)
Deep Gulasekaram, professor of law, Santa Clara University School of Law