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[US]–While US President, Donald Trump, currently battles with the opposition faced by his proposed ban on immigration from a number of Islam-dominated countries, reports coming from Washington DC hint at the strong possibility that Nigerian are not in the clear either.

According to a news story published by the New York Times on February 21, 2017, Trump has called for a more aggressive and all-encompassing enforcement of the immigration policies. The war on illegal immigration has now been taken up a notch, to include undocumented migrants from all countries of the world. On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security released official documents which expatiated upon the newly-widened reach of the White House’s anti-illegal alien battle.

Trump’s camp claims that such immigrants are “criminal aliens” who “routinely victimize Americans”, have no regard for “the rule of law and pose a threat” to communities all over the country.

Despite being divisive in the media, the policy is expected to find favour with many law enforcement officials and members of the Republican Party who share in Trump’s conviction that the previous administrations’ weak approach towards controlling immigration has caused an unbearable influx of illegal immigrants to the shores of America. It will serve to elate the demographic which elected the president on the basis of his promises to shut off the country’s borders to undocumented asylum seekers and sketchy individuals.

The White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, noted that Trump “wants to take the shackles off” America’s immigration enforcers, making it a point of clarity that “the number 1 priority is that people who pose a threat to our country are immediately dealt with.”

The secretary of Homeland Security, John F. Kelly, in one of the memoranda, stated, “The faithful execution of our immigration laws is best achieved by using all these statutory authorities to the greatest extent applicable. Accordingly, department personnel shall make full use of these authorities.”

However, pro-immigration advocates have argued that these strict measures would only lead to illegal immigrants already in the country choosing to hide deeper into the citizenry, unnoticeable.

However, the law does not include immigrants who were brought into the country as young children. This privileged is only waived if they are found guilty of any crimes whatsoever.

This far-reaching measures are expected to incur a huge sum of funds. Reportedly, it will cost billions of dollars to pay thousands of new immigration agents to cover all the detention facilities for illegal immigrants. The Department of Homeland Security is expected to begin a hiring process that could lead to the employment of up to 10,000 new immigration and custom agents. It also necessitates the local police and sheriffs to assist the agents in hunting down illegal aliens and processing their deportation. However, some districts such as New York, have vowed to keep their local law enforcement agents from interfering in such matters.

With many Nigerians in America without proper documentation, as reports have shown, it is likely that the new course of events will hit Nigerian immigrants really badly.

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