White House to hire 10,000 ICE agents for ‘big immigration launch’

Jack Phillips
By Jack Phillips
February 21, 2017US News
White House to hire 10,000 ICE agents for ‘big immigration launch’
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and educator Kenneth Smith listen (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The White House will hire 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers as part of a strict new implementation to target criminal illegal immigrants across the United States.

On Tuesday, it was reported that the Trump administration is preparing for a “big immigration launch” to focus on the new measures, which include speeding up deportations, a senior administration official told Fox News. It’s unclear what exactly will happen during the launch.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly authorized the hiring of an additional 10,000 ICE agents and enforcement officers, which is designed to deliver on a promise made by President Donald Trump to crack down on illegal aliens, Fox News reported.

Under the move, it will give ICE agents more power to detain and deport illegal aliens inside the U.S.

Kelly, in the new measure, called for another 5,000 new hires at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.

“The surge of immigration at the southern border has overwhelmed federal agencies and resources and has created a significant national security vulnerability to the United States,” wrote Kelly, AP reported. Kelly also said that a proposed wall along the border of Mexico and the United States is “necessary.”

“Criminal aliens have demonstrated their disregard for the rule of law and pose a threat to persons residing in the United States,” Kelly added. “As such criminal aliens are a priority for removal.”

To underscore the new measures, Kelly said that there was an additional surge of between 10,000 to 15,000 apprehensions at the southern U.S. border each month in 2015 and 2016, AP reported.

(Jack Phillips/NTD Staff)

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