Kris Kobach Suggests Local Police Should Identify Illegal Immigrants
– Yahoo News
“A plan proposed to President-elect Donald Trump that could help him fulfill his campaign pledge on deporting undocumented immigrants involves deputizing local police officers to implement U.S. immigration laws, USA Today reported.
The plan was found among a list of other proposals for the Department of Homeland Security carried by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who met Trump on Sunday when he was photographed with the papers. The two also discussed other campaign pledges such as cracking down on the number of Syrian refugees who enter the U.S. and the implementation of a stricter screening process for people fleeing from countries that have links to terrorists.
The plan dubbed the 287(g) program would allow the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) to train local police officers and deputy sheriffs to locate and detain undocumented immigrants residing in their areas. This program was first created by Congress in 1996 and was used by former President George W. Bush. By 2010, local police officers in 24 states were trained by the ICE to respond to crime scenes, make traffic stops and inspect local jails to check suspects’ immigration status.
However, it was phased out by President Barack Obama and officers are now only allowed to check immigration status of only those already in local jails and not of people out on the street. Kobach’s proposal suggested the program cover “at least 70 cities and counties.”
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University officials: Undocumented students studying abroad should return home
– San Jose Mercury News
“College administrators nationwide are urging undocumented immigrant students studying abroad to come home before President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January.
If Trump makes good on his promise to cancel DACA, a controversial program that gives thousands of young, undocumented immigrants temporary relief from deportation, students abroad could be barred from re-entering the country, the administrators say.
The letter, which an academic adviser at San Jose State shared with about 2,000 students, also advises DACA students who were planning to study internationally next year to think twice, according to university spokeswoman Pat Harris.
Harris said the school isn’t aware of any DACA students studying abroad or planning to do so next year, but the university wants “students to know the reality of federal law.”
The University of California’s Office of the President said advisers at its nine campuses are working with students participating in its Education Abroad Program to make sure they are aware of the implications of leaving the U.S. The program will waive withdrawal fees for DACA students who cancel plans to study abroad, said spokeswoman Claire Doan.”
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Report: Migrants surge toward US, hoping to beat Trump inauguration
– the Hill
“Central American migrants are surging toward the U.S., hoping to cross the southern border before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in early next year, according to a report from Reuters.
Trump won the White House with a hardline immigration platform that included increased deportations and the construction of a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and officials told the news service Thursday that many are accelerating their plans to reach the states.
“We’re worried because we’re seeing a rise in the flow of migrants leaving the country, who have been urged to leave by coyotes telling them that they have to reach the United States before Trump takes office,” said Maria Andrea Matamoros, Honduras’s deputy foreign minister.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced on Wednesday that agencies were seeing a spike in the number apprehended, with thousands more than is typical being held in immigration detention facilities.
“I have authorized [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] to acquire additional detention space so that those apprehended at the border and not eligible for humanitarian relief can be detained and sent home as soon as possible,” Johnson said.
“Those who attempt to enter our country illegally must know that, consistent with our laws and our values, we must and we will send you back,” he added.
But Reuters reports that Trump’s victory this month sent tremors through both the close-knit migrant communities in the U.S. and the slums of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, the home nations of the vast majority of those detained.
“They tell us the new president doesn’t like illegal immigrants, but we have to take the chance,” one migrant woman said. “Nobody wants to die in a horrible way, and we can’t be in Guatemala any longer. My children are growing up in fear.”
Nearly 410,000 people reportedly have been detained at the southern U.S. border this fiscal year, a 25 percent increase over 2015.”
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