Days after his inauguration, President Trump issued an executive order that called for hiring 10,000 new immigration enforcement agents in an effort to expand immigration enforcement to include not only immigrants who have been convicted of a crime, but also those who have been or could be charged with a crime.Exec. Order No. 13768, 82 Fed. Reg. 8799 (Jan. 25, 2017).
The order also prioritizes targeting immigrants who, “[i]n the judgment of an immigration officer, otherwise pose a risk to public safety or national security.”Exec. Order No. 13768, 82 Fed. Reg. 8799 (Jan. 25, 2017).
The order thus provides apparently limitless discretion by prioritizing immigration enforcement for virtually all undocumented immigrants—regardless of their individual circumstances or ties to the community.