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DHS issues aggressive border security, illegal immigration laws enforcement plan

The Department of Homeland Security Tuesday announced plans to more aggressively enforce laws pertaining to border security and those coming into the country illegally.

The measures outlined in a pair of memos signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly mirror a pair of executive orders signed by the president who has promised repeatedly to crack down on illegal immigration.

The memos published online Tuesday seek to implement President Donald Trump's broad directive to crack down on illegal immigration. Kelly outlined plans to hire thousands of additional enforcement agents, expand on the priority list for immigrants marked for immediate removal and enlist local law enforcement to help make arrests.


The memos leave in place one directive from the Obama administration, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows young people who were brought into the country illegally as children to stay and obtain work permits. The program has protected about 750,000 immigrants since its inception in 2012. Trump has previously indicated his desire to end the program, but at his press conference last week he indicated that he would "show great heart" toward the program.

According to CNN, "through the memos, Kelly expands the government's immigration enforcement by instructing agencies to implement unused parts of existing law and by clarifying standards for certain protections, which add up to having sweeping implications for the processing of undocumented immigrants in the US."

The guidelines issued Tuesday are separate from the president's temporary travel ban, which is currently being re-written to pass legal muster.

This post will be updated.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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