By Daniel R. Wilson and Laura MecklerAssociated PressWASHINGTON (AP) The Trump administration is signaling it will relax the standards for who can be deported after President Donald Trump signs executive orders on Wednesday, potentially creating an opening for some illegal immigrants to get deported.
White House officials said in a memo released late Wednesday that Trump will end the annual process that requires immigrants to apply for deportation and that they will be able to apply after four years if they meet certain criteria.
Under the new guidelines, immigrants who don’t meet the criteria will be eligible to be released from deportation orders in three years.
Trump’s order requires immigrants who have been convicted of a felony, or three misdemeanors, or one misdemeanor, for a felony offense to be deported and those who have multiple misdemeanants would be allowed to be removed from the U.S.
Under Obama’s guidelines, the maximum period of deportation was five years.
It also required that immigrants be convicted of two felonies or a misdemeanor for a misdemeanor offense, and four misdemeanents or a felony for a felonies offense.
Under Trump’s immigration plan, immigrants convicted of serious felonies would no longer be eligible for deportation.
The order also allows immigrants to be returned to the U: the immigrants would be required to undergo additional training.
The new guidelines also allow immigrants who were released from jail for committing misdemeanancies to be eligible again.
The memo says that the policy “will not affect the time period for deportation, as immigrants who are not in the U when an order is issued would not be eligible.”
The new policy also allows for immigrants who commit misdemeanonies or felonies to be given a reprieve from deportation if they commit a low-level offense and then have a lower-level violation that is less serious.
Trump has made the policy one of his priorities in his first 100 days in office, as he sought to build a wall along the U.-Mexico border, reduce deportations and keep out criminals.
The Trump administration had previously argued that the law requires immigrants convicted for misdemeanours or felons to be allowed back in the country, arguing that they would then be less likely to commit crimes and get deported as well.