'Donald Trump's immigration guidelines potentially violate international laws,' says politics professor Scott Lucas

'Donald Trump's immigration guidelines potentially violate international laws,' says politics professor Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer about the president's new guidelines on immigration

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A leading professor in international politics has said that Donald Trump's new guidelines for deporting illegal immigrants could potentially violate international laws.

Documents released by the Department for Homeland Security showed a list of guidelines the president plans to use to tackle illegal immigration.

It revealed how Mr. Trump instructed the administration to unleash the full force of government onto them by publicising crime by undocumented immigrants, taking away their rights to privacy, and speeding up the deportation process.  

Scott Lucas, a professor of International politics at the University of Birmingham, said in an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer: "What Obama tried to do was get order in the immigration system.

"What Trump’s doing is not installing order, he’s saying, 'let’s go wholesale and ensure certain categories of immigrants can be be chucked out regardless of outstanding legal cases.'

"He's not trying to get back to a sensible position on immigration, and 11 million people are now in limbo with no legal recourse.

“The guidelines not only violate international laws, but also raise the question of relationships with other countries like Mexico."

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