February 21, 2017 The United States Department of Homeland Security, beginning on Tuesday will greatly increase the number of illegal immigrants targeted for deportation.
According to memos signed by Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly, the agency is vastly expanding the types of crimes to be considered for the deportation of criminal aliens.
The new rule includes plans to hire thousands more federal agents and the expansion of cooperative efforts with local law enforcent agencies across the country. Illegal immigrants caught at the U.S. border will no longer be released pending a deportation hearing.
DHS Secretary Kelly, a retired Marine general with 40 years experience was likely picked by President Trump due to his stance on border security — but critics warned it was cause for concern. In 2014, then Gen. John Kelly testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee, telling lawmakers that 500,000 Americans “have died from narcoterrorism” since 9/11, a gross exaggeration. The findings of a 2014 study supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security concluded that since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, less than one thousand Americans have died in any form of terrorism related incidents. A third of the 40,000 Americans killed by drugs annually do not die, as Kelly claimed, from drugs coming into the U.S. across the southern border, but from overdoses of legally prescription drugs. Kelly also claimed one of his top priorities was continuing humane and dignified detention operations at Guantanamo.
DHS officials say the deportation expansion is not related to the controversial executive order signed by President Trump during his first week in office prohibiting citizens of seven predominately Muslim countries from entering the United States. On February 4, a federal judge in Seattle ordered an immediate nationwide halt to enforcement of the “Muslim ban.”
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."