Donald Trump is wielding power against immigrants from the start. His first aggressive attempt toward immigrants seemed to be frustra
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ted by the US Court of Appeals. But Trump brought a more subtle method.
On Tuesday, February 21, President Trump directed his administration to enforce the nation’s immigration laws more aggressively. Documents released by the Department of Homeland Security: to publicize crimes by undocumented immigrants, strip such immigrants of privacy protections, enlist local police officers as enforcers and erect new detention facilities. This new immigrant policy is ultimately designed to speed up deportations. Because the memorandum does not limit the people who are subjected to enforcement to illegal immigrants, but virtually all immigrants are subject to the administrative enforcement. Because of the changes, millions of immigrants who stay in the U.S illegally now face a far greater likelihood of being discovered, arrested and eventually deported, regardless of whether they have committed serious crimes. Many illegal immigrants feel fearful. So-called Dreamers, who were brought to the United States as young children, will fortunately not be targeted unless they commit crimes.
But Mr. Trump’s political actions were supported by those who blame unauthorized immigrants for taking jobs away from citizens, committing heinous crimes and being a financial burden on federal, state and local governments.
The Civil Liberties Union said, "This administrative announcement made it clear that the Trump government is going to trample on legitimate procedures, human dignity, welfare of our society and protection of vulnerable children for aggressive mass deportation." The Union said it would take legal action to block the announcement.
Korea Foreign Ministry spokesman Jo Jun-hyuk, said at the regular briefing, "The Korean government is keeping an eye on recent immigration policy of the Trump Administration. The government will make efforts to protect the rights of Korean nationals living in the US, especially the illegal aliens estimated to be about 230,000," said the spokesman. "The issue of professional visa quotas, we are also watching the Korean society and the impact on foreign students. We are collecting relevant information through the US Embassy and we will discuss the measures as soon as the information is collected." All eyes are now on how Trump’s new policy affects the international community.
By Sarah Park, reporter
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