It just got easier to deport undocumented immigrants in America.
Late Monday, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly issued two memos that outline the department’s guidelines for carrying out executive orders signed by President Trump on Jan. 25. The memos detail how immigration enforcement will be stepped up along the United States-Mexico border and within the United States, giving federal agents broad authority to arrest and deport virtually any undocumented resident who entered the U.S. as an adult.
The Trump administration clarified the memos Tuesday, saying people protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a holdover from the Obama administration, are not being targeted.
The new rules scared immigrants even as they pleased Trump supporters and others who want to see tougher rules on immigration.
“We are terrified as to what can happen next,” said Debora Goiz Estarza, a 20-year-old student who lives in San Bernardino. Though Estarza is protected by Obama-era DREAMER rules, her parents and two of her siblings have no such protections and could be deported under the guidelines issued Monday.
“We’re getting prepared for the worst, but we’re also prepared to fight. We’re getting involved. We’re learning our rights,” she said.
“Since Trump became president, our lives have been affected in so many ways,” she added. “I don’t feel in control of my future anymore.”
Don Rosenberg of Westlake Village was relieved.
Rosenberg’s son was killed in 2010 in a traffic accident involving an undocumented immigrant. The memos outlined how the Trump administration will establish the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office to assist families like the Rosenbergs by providing information about the status of criminal cases involving undocumented immigrants and any subsequent deportation orders.
“It’s an opportunity for the federal government to help families who really need it, who are totally in the dark…