After the failure of President Donald Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” policy, Trump administration enacted a plan which initially targeted around 2,500 Mexico migrants. This targeted audience comprised of both adults and children. However, the plan was expanded and if imposed might detain as many as 10,000 migrants from the country.
This plan might be one of the reasons why former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and former Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Ronald Vitiello were ousted. It was formulated in September 2018 and is still under consideration.
Senior adviser of the immigration policies Stephen Miller and the Deputy Director of ICE Matt Albence are said to be in favor of the plan to detain and deport maximum possible Mexico migrants.
Previously, Trump administration restructured the DHS, which targeted many including the deputy secretary Claire Grady along with Nielsen and the Director of Secret service, Randolph Alles.
According to DHS officials, Nielsen and Vitiello obstructed the plan and raised questions on it. One of the media questioned seven current and former DHS officials regarding the plan. According to the officials, Nielsen’s and Vitiello’s concerns on the plan were not based on ethics but on operational and logistical reasoning.
One of the DHS officials, on the condition of anonymity said, “There was concern that it was being hastily put together, would be ineffective and might actually backfire by misdirecting resources away from critical border emergency response operations.”
On the other hand, Miller and Albence were highly enthusiastic on implementing the policy of mass arrests and asserted that it would help to dissuade the Mexico migrants from crossing the border.
According to the plan, 10 cities including New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles will witness mass arrests. However, some of the cities are regarded as “sanctuary” jurisdictions with police departments as the local law authorities do not assist organisations like ICE. According to one of the DHS official, those cities are still part of the list.
Also the Trump administration cannot implement the policy of “expedited removal”, if the migrants are seeking refuge in the country. According to this policy, a person might be deported even without appearing before an immigration judge.
One of the officials said that Vitiello “didn’t think it was a good idea”. He said, “Both Vitiello and Nielsen instinctively thought it was bad policy and that the proposal was less than half-baked.” On the other hand, several officials denied this statement and said that the after a year’s discussion, the plan was formulated.
With ever-increasing numbers in the migration, there might be a need for a proper consideration and implementation on policies concerning Mexico migrants. Even though many criticize the plan, the city officials, officials from DHS and ICE along with the officials from Trump administration might need to find a common ground together to implement these policies without adversely affecting the migrants.
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