WASHINGTON: The US Department of Homeland Security issued two sweeping orders on Tuesday, placing the vast majority of 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country at risk of deportation. The orders would also end the practice of allowing under trial immigrants to stay and working in the United States while awaiting trial.
“This implements new policies designed to stem illegal immigration and facilitate the detection, apprehension, detention, and removal of aliens who have no lawful basis to enter or remain in the United States,” wrote Secretary Homeland Security John Kelly in one of the two memos he signed on Tuesday.
On Jan 27, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that temporarily suspended all immigration and prevented visitors from seven Muslim countries from entering the United States. Since the previous order specifically mentioned a religious group, Muslims, it was suspended by the US judiciary.