Trump Planning Massive Deportation Operation, Including Failed Asylum Seekers
New strategy to deport illegal immigrants will include families
A large-scale deportation operation is being planned by the Trump administration that will include migrant families who failed to show up in court to learn their asylum claims had been denied.
Acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Mark Morgan, said the agency pushing forward with a strategy it hopes would "disincentive" those who are not in fear for their lives and looking to claim asylum after crossing in order illegally.
"We have no choice as I see this," said Morgan.
"We need to take some interior enforcement action ... We need to continue to do everything that we can within the current legal framework, within the current laws, within the current statutorily mandated duties of ICE, to assist, to reduce this humanitarian crisis," Morgan told reporters.
That will include families," he added.
Morgan said he didn't wish to disclose the if ICE were targeting families, adding that there would be no exemptions from unauthorized immigrants.
"I think that a significant incentive there is the fact that once you’re here and you’ve gone through the entire due process in this country, and you’ve received a final order of deportation ..."
"We’re in a position where we need to enforce that to disincentivize these individuals from taking that trip, exploiting the loopholes, and entering our country illegally," he said.
Morgan did not disclose any details of the plan, inclduing time, and location.
Nathalie Asher, who oversees ICE's deportations arm, stated another operation was carried out in 2015 against people with final orders of removal, similar to Trump's.
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"When we were able to affect those removals, we did see a consequence to that," said Asher.
Morgan added that the agency was acting within its legal limitations, but added the Democrats likely would not support it.
"We need to make sure that we’re executing those statutorily required responsibilities that Congress has passed," said Morgan.
"If they don’t like the laws, they can change them. But right now this is the law; this is ICE's mandate. I’m committed to ensure that we’re executing those laws with compassion and humanity."
In April, Border enforcement officials vowed to quadruple the number of daily asylum applicants who are sent back out of the country in a bid to tackle the ongoing crisis at the border.
According to a Trump administration official who spoke with the Associated Press, the move is a multi-faceted attempt to crack down on the massive number of illegal immigrants crossing at the Southern Border before making claims for asylum.
On average, around 60 asylum seekers are sent back to Mexico at the El Paso, Calexico, and San Ysidro ports of entry every day.