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Millions Are Disappointed With This And The Trump Administration

The immigration laws on the books have not been changed much by President Donald Trump, but there has been one very noticeable change: they're being enforced. It's only the beginning, too. Many people living in the U.S. illegally are bracing for the worst and hoping for the best.

The Department of Homeland Security released two memos on Tuesday that outlined how President Trump's immigration plans will be implemented. Federal authorities will have increased power dealing with illegal immigrants, and are encouraged to expedite the removal of undocumented people. There will be a mass hiring of 10,000 more officers and agents for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection agencies.

While the White House has been accused of setting the stage for mass deportations, but Press Secretary Sean Spicer said this isn't the case. "The message from this White House and from the DHS is that those people who are in this country and pose a threat to public safety or have committed a crime will be the first to go and we will be aggressively making sure they are the first to go," he explained.

Spicer says the Trump administration estimates about 1 million people fit the criteria.

Illegal immigrants, and those who support providing sanctuary for them, are worried. "We are bracing ourselves for increased raids, increased detention of our family members, of our community members," said Marielena Hincapié of National Immigration Law Center. "The administration is now saying that anybody can be detained so any ICE agent can decide who they're going to go after with no restraints on that."

Some see the 700 illegal immigrants rounded up and arrested two weeks ago as proof, and as just the tip of the iceberg.

"I grew up around a lot of people with undocumented status who are fearful. I know people are cutting back on everyday things like driving, going to the grocery store and going to a bigger city to go shopping," said Elvis Saldias, a 24-year-old from Bolivia who became a citizen under former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) plan. He’s worried about his family, and honest people like them who are just trying to make a life in America.

"I think they are otherwise law abiding people and the new administration is broadening the scope so much, they are under threat and they are afraid of coming out (into public areas) even a little bit," said Saldias.

Source: NBC News
Photo: US Customs

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