The Department of Homeland Security’s blueprint for cracking down on unauthorized immigrants as ordered by President Donald Trump calls for more arrests and deportations and wider latitude for an increased number of immigration agents.
How that plays out in San Diego County is uncertain. But the release of two memos Tuesday detailing how Homeland Security will enact the changes rattled immigrant communities and activists on both sides of the border, heartened supporters of tougher immigration enforcement and left questions on how new resources will be deployed.
In a conference call with reporters in the afternoon, DHS officials tried to allay fears of a wave of mass deportations, cautioning the agencies don’t have the personnel or resources for such an effort — yet.
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