The Trump administration has signed into law a sweeping law that could make it harder for federal immigration agents to arrest people who are not U.S. citizens or legal residents.
The sweeping legislation is the latest piece of the president’s immigration agenda to face opposition in Congress.
The measure would allow the Justice Department to bypass a court’s requirement that suspects be charged with felonies or crimes that are punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
The legislation was passed by the House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 218-213 and the Senate with a 55-47 vote.
President Donald Trump signed the bill on Wednesday, according to the White House.
The new legislation is a first step toward deporting thousands of illegal immigrants who were released from detention centers.
The legislation would allow immigration officials to request that U.K.-based law enforcement agencies hold an individual in custody, subject to a request for a judge’s approval.
It would also make it easy for the Justice to bypass the requirement that a person be charged as a criminal, or be convicted of a crime punishable by a term exceeding 10 years, according the White Houses press secretary, Sarah Sanders.
Trump’s law would make deportation a criminal offense punishable by life in prison without parole.
The Justice Department has been criticized for its lack of discretion in detaining immigrants and not charging them criminally.
The Trump bill would require the government to notify the Department of Homeland Security of an individual’s status before detaining them.
In a statement, the Trump administration said it is reviewing the legislation and “will take further action to ensure the protections are properly applied.”
“We are reviewing the bill and will take further actions to ensure that it complies with our laws,” the statement said.
It also noted that Trump has signed two similar measures that “prohibit the use of non-citizen detention of individuals who are being held in non-detention facilities.”
Trump signed the measures as he traveled in Florida to sign the law.
He said that if his administration does not comply, he will not sign the legislation.
Trump has previously pledged to end the practice of mass deportations.
But critics of the Trump agenda say his administration has used the law as a way to shield illegal immigrants from deportation.