Homeland Security Releases New Guidelines for Regulating Illegal Immigrants

The Department of Homeland Security has released new guidelines on how it will prosecute illegal immigrants. We told you about these guidelines last week, memos signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly. The Associated Press reported DHS would be deploying up to 100,000 troops to “round up” -- as they called it --- undocumented immigrants.

The Trump administration formally released the guidelines Tuesday.

Some of them include the hiring of 10,000 ICE officers and agents, making illegal immigrants who are criminals a priority for deportation and the development of a standardized method of collecting and reporting data on illegal immigrants who are apprehended by ICE.

The Washington Post reports in a conference call with reporters a DHS official said, “We do not need a sense of panic in the communities.” The official said the guidelines are not meant to lead to mass roundups or deportations -- he said the DHS does not have the time or resources to implement mass roundups.