Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly has ordered the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to immediately begin the process of hiring 10,000 additional ICE agents to enforce immigration law and participate in arrests and deportations. A memo from Kelly to the director of ICE called on the agency to enforce immigration laws throughout the interior of the US. The memo serves to implement President Trump’s executive order, entitled, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” which was issued on January 25.
According to a report in the Washington Examiner, approximately 950,000 illegals remain inside the U.S. with deportation orders. In recent weeks, the 680 illegal aliens arrested by ICE are but .07 percent of the 950,062 aliens with deportation orders as of May 21, 2016.
Acting ICE director Thomas D. Homan responded to questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee and showed that his agency is struggling to deport illegal aliens. Many of those bound for deportation have criminal records and are facing “final orders of removal” after failing in their court appeals. Homan said that ICE has custody of but 11,006 criminal aliens, or 1 percent, of the 950,062 ordered deported.