Border Security Memorandums Call for New Policies, More Border Patrol Agents

Latin Post reports that U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson published a memorandum for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on new strategies to handle undocumented immigrants. According to the American Immigration Council (AIC), the executive action¬†“provides greater direction”¬†for agencies to focus on national security threats, including individuals with criminal convictions and recent unlawful entrants.

“DHS is replacing the controversial Secure Communities program in favor of a new model of federal/state/local cooperation that focuses on convicted criminals rather than all unauthorized immigrants encountered by local authorities,” noted AIC, adding the DHS plans on developing new task forces in collaboration with its multiple agencies for the southern U.S. border.

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