Following the issuance of Trump’s executive orders addressing the enforcement of immigration laws, the Department of Homeland Security issued two memoranda designed to guide the implementation of these orders, as well as a number of Question and Answer Factsheets addressing the same issues. While the memoranda do outline seven categories of priorities for the purposes of immigration enforcement, the categories are unclear and confusing. Furthermore, throughout the memoranda, it is clear that DHS can and will arrest and detain anyone who is removable, whether he or she fits within a priority category or not. Additionally, DHS has established other written guidance in these memoranda that will make deportations faster and easier in many circumstances. First, DHS is recommending the significantly expanded usage of expedited removal, a fast-track process currently used to remove noncitizens arrested within 100 miles of the border and who have not been in the country for more than 14 days. Expedited removal does not provide for a hearing before an immigration judge prior to removal. Now, DHS is recommending that expedited removal be used for individuals caught anywhere in the country, as long as they have not been present in the country for more than two years. DHS also intends to increase the number of detention facilities and beds near the border in order to facilitate removal. Next, DHS intends to deport immigrants not only to their native countries, but to the countries through which they entered the country. In other words, DHS may likely try to deport individuals to Mexico who are not Mexican nationals. Likewise, the new memoranda make it very difficult for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to grant humanitarian parole, as ICE is now encouraged to keep immigrants detained until their removal cases are resolved. In the past, DHS provided a special prosecutorial discretion policy for immigrants who were victims of crimes, including domestic violence victims. Now, the memoranda appears to discourage or disregard this policy altogether. Similarly, while DHS historically has discouraged the apprehension of immigrants in “sensitive locations,” such as churches and schools, current practices suggest that ICE agents are no longer following this policy. No matter what type of defense is a possibility in your case, we are here to help you during your deportation proceedings and avoid deportation. We are experienced California deportation defense lawyers who know immigration law and know how to effectively represent your interests in your deportation case. We will build a strong case for any and all defenses that are available on your behalf. Call our office today and learn what the attorneys of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., can do to help you and your family.