Guidance from U.S. Sec. of Homeland Security John Kelley dated Feb. 20 aims to enforce President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration and border security — strengthening border enforcement and restricting privacy of undocumented immigrants.
Kelly’s first memorandum, which responds to Trump’s “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements” executive order, said detention facilities for those apprehended at the border are crucial.
“Policies that facilitate the release of removable aliens apprehended at and between the ports of entry, which allow them to abscond and fail to appear at their removal hearings, undermine the border security mission,” Kelly said in the memorandum. “Such policies, collectively referred to as “catch-and-release,” shall end.”
During former President Barack Obama's administration, 287(g) agreements, which authorized local law enforcement to take part in the federal enforcement of illegal immigration, were scaled back.
But Kelly said these relationships with "willing and qualified" state and local law enforcement agencies are crucial to the successful enforcement of immigration policies.