Donald Trump's transition team has asked the Department of Homeland Security for
records and executive orders related to immigration, border security and
border barriers, reported Reuters.
the report, the transition team also inquired about the agency's ability to expand
the use of immigrant detention centers, as well as the reinstatement of
an aerial surveillance effort that was dismantled by the Obama administration.
The news comes from an internal DHS memo reviewed by Reuters that revealed
the requests were made at a Dec. 5 meeting between agency officials and
the transition team.
Trump made the construction of a border wall paid for by Mexico a centerpiece
of his campaign, but has toned down his rhetoric since the election. Mexico
has repeatedly stated it will never pay for a wall, and concerns over
the costs and consequences of a physical barrier have been voiced from
the right and left.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the DHS agency in charge of border
security, reportedly identified 400 miles on the southern border that
could be suitable for construction of a barrier.
The border is 1,989 miles long. Roughly 700 miles of fencing have been
constructed since the Clinton administration.
The transition team also requested all executive orders and directives
sent to immigration officials by the Obama administration.
On the campaign trail, Trump said he would deport every undocumented immigrant
in the country. At his announcement address, Trump said Mexico "sends"
its people, some of whom he characterized as "rapists" who "bring
But Trump softened his tone in December, when he said he would focus deportations
on up to 3 million undocumented immigrants with criminal records.
Trump also campaigned against Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals (DACA). That program required undocumented immigrants who were
brought to the country as children to sign up and provide all their personal
information to the federal government in exchange for receiving a temporary
The transition team requested migrant information that had been changed
for any reason, including civil rights concerns.
A DHS official told Reuters that request had been interpreted as a way
for the transition team to make sure agency officials had not tampered
with DACA records.
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