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Trump Order Grants Wide Power to Deport Legal Residents, Professor Anil Kalhan Tells Public Radio International

Professor Anil Kalhan

January 30, 2017

An order President Donald Trump signed gives immigration officers broad leeway to decide who can be deported, Professor Anil Kalhan said on Public Radio International’s program, The World, on Jan. 29.

The orders allow for deportation of those convicted of criminal offenses and those facing criminal charges, which are consistent with existing policy, The World reported.

But Trump’s order, The World reported, also allows for deportation of legal residents who “in the judgment of an immigration officer” pose a risk to public safety or national security.

"The notion that we can even understand this as setting forth a series of enforcement priorities is somewhat akin to 'alternative facts,'" Kalhan said. "I read (that section of the order) as an invitation for immigration officers around the country to exercise their authority any way they want."

The order also calls for an expansion of detention facilities, The World reported.