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Immigration roundup: DHS Inspector General report says ICE can’t handle increased deportations, plus the DOJ’s warning to California

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File: In this handout provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, foreign nationals were arrested this week during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens Feb. 9, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. ICE via Getty Images

If the Trump administration goes forward with its plans to increase deportations of people in the United States illegally, a new report says the agency is going to have a tough time with logistics.

The report, released by the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday, says that ICE “does not effectively manage the supervision and deportation of non-detained aliens,” and attributes this to the agency being understaffed, a long backlog of cases, and lack of analysis of employee workloads to determine the right allocation of staff members.

We’re also learning this morning that the U.S. Department of Justice has sent letters to eight different jurisdictions, including the California Department of Corrections, asking that they prove they’re working with federal immigration enforcement. The DOJ says that if these jurisdictions aren’t cooperating, they could be at risk of losing DOJ grants.


Joseph Tanfani, DC-based investigative reporter for the LA Times who’s been covering both stories

Chris Newman, legal director, National Day Laborer Organizing Network

Dan Cadman, retired ICE officer and a fellow at the Center for Immigration  Studies, a research organization that focuses on immigration-related issues

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