Quickly after Jeff Session’s message of doom to immigrants, Trump is hastily assembling a nationwide deportation force. Already, according to a Department of Homeland Security assessment gathered by the Washington Post, the agency has already located 33,000 detention beds. There are also discussions with several local police departments on how to give police more power in enforcement authority. The assessment even identified possible locations to building Trump’s border wall. To man this enforcement, the Department is looking to hire hundreds of new Customs and Patrol officers—and are even going to end polygraph and physical fitness tests to speed up the process.
The move is already being criticized by immigrant rights groups. “This is an administration that very much is interested in setting up that mass deportation infrastructure and creating the levers of a police state,” said Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center. “In these documents, you have more proof and evidence that they’re planning to carry it out.”
The plan isn’t in place yet, and the cost might be more than Congress is willing to approve, as they are already hesitant on the billions it will take to build the border wall. While it isn’t surprising that Democrats are skeptical on Congress approving addition expenses, even Republicans are concerned. Republican leaders want to hold off on deciding on Trump’s request of $4.1 billion for the border wall and security until next year.
If the plans do go through, it seems unlikely a bigger immigration force would even help, especially if the people chasing down immigrants aren’t physically fit to do so.