President Trump has ordered a vast overhaul of immigration law enforcement. He stripped away most restrictions on who should be deported, opening the door for roundups and detentions on a scale not seen in nearly a decade.
Trumps new order allows immigration agents to detain nearly anyone they come in contact with who has crossed the border illegally.
People here illegally will also no longer be able to freely use food stamps without getting flagged as illegals.
Up to 8 million people in the country illegally could be considered priorities for deportation, according to calculations by the Los Angeles Times.
They were based on interviews with experts who studied the order and two internal documents that signal immigration officials are taking an expansive view of Trump’s directive.
The deportation targets are a much larger group than those swept up in the travel bans that sowed chaos at airports and seized public attention over the past week.
A little under 1 million people came to the U.S. over the past decade from the seven countries from which most visitors are temporarily blocked.
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