The immigrant community remains on edge as Immigration Customs and Enforcement officials make their way across the country conducting weekly raids. Last week alone, there were 367 people detained in seven states, according to Fusion.
But The New York Times states the number of weekly detainees isn’t unusual compared to former president Barack Obama. Despite this, president Donald Trump has broadened the definition of who can be deported to all undocumented immigrants, regardless of their criminal record.
This gives way to the arrests of countless more than in the past, which the Trump administration is prepared for.
Most recently, an additional 30,000 to 35,000 beds were secured across the country for people detained by ICE, according to an internal Department of Homeland Security memo.
The need to hire more officials is one Trump acknowledged when he signed his anti-immigration executive order. ICE could potentially hire 10,000 more agents while the US Customs and Border Protection can take on 5,000 more agents.
But the memo suggests that the hiring process hasn’t been quick.
The recommendations to drop the polygraph test and lower the requirements for the physical test in certain cases were made as a way to allow more people to join the agency.
It’s important to note that these plans haven’t been approved... yet.
The Trump administration has faced opposition from democrats and immigrant rights advocates who question both the cost and the real intent.
Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, told The Washington Post:
“This is an administration that very much is interested in setting up that mass deportation infrastructure and creating the levers of a police state. In these documents, you have more proof and evidence that they’re planning to carry it out.”