Apr 12, 2017 - Politics & Policy

DHS outlines plans for Trump's "deportation force"

Brian Skoloff / AP

An internal Department of Homeland Security document outlines the steps that the Trump administration hopes to take to put together a nationwide deportation force for illegal immigrants, per the Washington Post.

The big things:

  • 33,000 more beds on the border for detained illegal immigrants
  • broader powers for local police forces to act as immigration enforcement
  • lower hiring standards for CBP and ICE officers
  • the construction of a border wall prototype by July

The caveats: DHS told WaPo that the document was "preliminary," so there's no guarantee that they undertake these steps. Additionally, the costs associated are likely to be enormous, making congressional appropriation of funds extremely difficult.

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