Trump Signs Memo Ending ‘Catch and Release’ Immigration Policy

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks before signing a memorandum "Increasing Access to High-Quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education" in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington
Reuters

By: Eric Beech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump signed a memorandum on Friday ordering the end of a policy, known as "catch and release," in which illegal immigrants are released from detention while awaiting a court hearing on their status.

As part of the memo, Trump asked Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to produce a list of military facilities that could be used to detain illegal immigrants.