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Some Catholics attack immigration policies, others urge new approach


People talk with relatives across the fence at the international border in Nogales, Ariz., Feb. 19. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

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WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Donald Trump campaigned by saying he would aggressively go after the country's 11 million unauthorized immigrants, promising deportation forces and a border wall with Mexico paid for by the United States' neighbor to the south.

Time will tell whether he'll be able to deliver what he promised his supporters, but in two memos his administration recently made public, the Department of Homeland Security outlined guidelines that, if money or Congress approval allow, may lead to the fulfillment of some of those promises.

Supporters and foes met the memos with condemnation, disappointment as well as support, after they were unveiled Feb. 20. Some said Trump has gone too far, and some say he didn't go far enough because the administration failed to mention what it would do with the more than 750,000 unauthorized immigrants who currently have reprieve from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Feb. 21 said the new guidelines, which include hiring more border agents, planning the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and hiring more legal personnel to "repatriate illegal immigrants swiftly," would enhance enforcement of immigration laws inside the U.S. as well as prevent further unauthorized immigration into the country.

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