White House reportedly has plans in place to buildup deportation force

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According to new numbers provided by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), around 16,000 people were apprehended illegally crossing the border in December, but only a little more than 1,100 were caught in March.

However, Trump's signature campaign promise of building a wall along the southern border has hit a potential roadblock.

White House officials told the Washington Post the plans are still in the preliminary stages and have not been reviewed by senior Homeland Security officials.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has meanwhile moved forward on developing different kinds of barriers. Democrats have even promised to shut down the government over the issue, if necessary.

The administration is rapidly expanding a program that allows ICE to deputize local law enforcement to enforce parts of federal immigration law. DHS says applications from 18 new departments are under consideration, with another 50 expressing interest in participating.

According to the DHS assessment, the hiring of just 500 agents will cost around US$100 million.

"We've been working for years to break in with Border Patrol", said Tony Chiarulli, technical director of New Jersey-based L3 Communication Systems, in the Statesman, Chiarulli was at the expo hoping to sell its unattended ground sensors.

Border Patrol Union President Brandon Judd attacked Ryan's position in an interview with Stuart Varney on Fox Business. The documents reveal that in a bid to speed-up the process of hiring, the authorities will end polygraph and physical fitness tests in some cases.

During past hiring surges, CBP has come under fire for ramping up too quickly, lowering standards and hiring unqualified agents.

CBP is developing plans to be able to temporarily hold up to 12,500 unauthorized immigrants across six states should it need to, the memo states.

The most interesting proposal in the memo is the requirements for border patrol applicants.

Police, prosecutors and judges have been ordered to take a harder line against all illegal immigrants, detaining anyone without papers and vigorously prosecuting more of them.

"Per the executive order, ICE is continuing to seek additional bed space", said an ICE official.

The documents also show, the CBP is also laying the groundwork to potentially hold immigration court hearings via video conferences at or near USA ports of entry if the government of Mexico agrees to house third-country immigrants awaiting adjudication in the US legal system. Attempts are underway by the USA reach an agreement on this with Mexico, according to the draft.

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