Executive Action Prioritizes Criminal Offenses for Deportati

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WESLACO - The new executive order on border security signed Wednesday allows immigration agencies to consider more people as a priority for deportation.

When it comes to deportation, the government will prioritize people who are charged with a criminal offense or who have committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense.

Carlos M. Garcia, an immigration attorney, said this new criteria will start affecting people in the Rio Grande Valley.

“I think all of our community is going to be affected. I think every single individual that is undocumented in our community runs the risk of being detained based on the language on this executive order,” he said.

With Trump’s new order, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will have to include penalties to cities that do not honor federal immigration detainers and orders to allow state and local law enforcement to act as immigration officers.

The changes were implemented immediately. 


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