Millions could potentially be deported under new Trump rules

The “sweeping rewrite of immigration enforcement policies announced Tuesday by the Trump administration” makes the millions of people who either entered the United States illegally or overstayed their visas, vulnerable to deportation — particularly those “charged or convicted of any offense, or even suspected of a crime.”

“Under the Obama administration guidance, immigrants whose only violation was being in the country illegally were generally left alone.”

Not any more, apparently. According to the law, “crossing the border illegally is a criminal offense, and the new memos make clear that those who have done so are included in the broad list of enforcement priorities.”

Even those who have overstayed their visas are not off the hook. While their offense is civil and not criminal, “they are still more likely to face deportation than they had been before.”