Late Friday, the Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly released a pair of memos with more detail on plans for DHS to hire thousands of additional enforcement agents, expand the pool of immigrants who are prioritized for removal, speed up deportation hearings and enlist local law enforcement to help make arrests.
The Washington Post has made the original document available here.
Earlier in the week, the Los Angeles Times reported:
Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus were scheduled to meet [Feb.14] afternoon with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to discuss the [ICE raids in California], but the meeting was abruptly canceled. And they’re pretty unhappy about it.
Caucus Chairwoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) said acting ICE Director Thomas Homan* told her the meeting was canceled so Republicans could be invited. She said they are trying to reschedule for Thursday, but details have not been finalized.
When a reporter asked about an ICE official who said the meeting was canceled because it had grown so large it had to be bipartisan, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-Norwalk) loudly exclaimed, “Bullshit!”
Lujan Grisham said the number of attendees did increase, but nothing requires a heavily attended meeting with a government agency to be bipartisan. A spokesman for ICE did not return a phone call Tuesday.
Full article here.
*A former NYPD officer and Border Patrol agent, Homan has served as ICE’s executive associate director of enforcement and removal operations since 2013. An April 2016 Washington Post profile of Homan lead with these two sentences: “Thomas Homan deports people. And he’s really good at it.”