Kelly memo calls for 5,000 more border agents, 10,000 new ICE officers

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(Washington Examiner) — Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly issued two memos on Tuesday aimed at implementing President Trump’s immigration-related executive orders, which call for strict enforcement of U.S. immigration laws and the hiring of thousands of new border officials.

Kelly’s memos include guidance about where the agency stands in the process of building Trump’s border wall, instructions to hire 5,000 additional border patrol agents, and to meet the president’s demand for more rigorous enforcement of existing laws. Kelly also called on Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hire 10,000 new officials to handle the increased enforcement activity.

The memos, issued to members of the Department of Homeland Security, explain how officials are to execute Trump’s orders.

A major component of the memos involve instructions to end “catch-and-release” policies that allow undocumented immigrants to remain free while awaiting a hearing on their legal status in the country.

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