Time: 6:39 p.m. CEST Update: Jan.26 12:37 a.m. CEST
The U.S. President Donald Trump signed two executive orders during his visit to the Department of Homeland Security in Washington D.C. that introduce new chapter in the persistent issues of the illegal immigration.
“The Secretary of Homeland Security working with myself, and my staff, would begin immediate construction of a border wall. So badly needed,” Trump said on January 25 at the DHS introducing new measures for start of the border wall construction and to block federal funds from “sanctuary cities.”
Despite the actions for the wall, Trump promised close coordination between U.S. and Mexico on “many important” issues, including dismantling cartels and keeping illegal weapons and cash from flowing out of America into Mexico. “We are going to save lives on both sides of the border,” Trump said.
Trump ordered a construction of a physical wall to achieve complete operational control of the southern border. As the White House released documents says, southern border is “contiguous land border between the United States and Mexico, including all points of entry.” All states of the U.S. that are close to the “the contiguous” land border are “Border States,” the executive order defines.
The President Trump orders allocation of Federal funds for building the wall. In the Executive Order on Border Security and Immigration Security Improvements, the president says, “Continued illegal immigration present danger to the interests of the United States. Within, Trump orders construction of control facilities for detention “at or near the land border with Mexico.”
Considering the longstanding issue of lack of immigration judges, Trump requests funds for “immediately assign immigration judges to immigration.” The order includes termination of the “catch and release “ practice, where immigrants (order uses term aliens), are release shortly after apprehension. With the new order, Trump directs permission to the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to hire additional 5,000 Border Patrol agents.
Executive Order Enhancing Public Safety in the interior of the United States defines that sanctuary jurisdictions violate Federal law and cause “immeasurable harm to the American people.” This order considers not only those who enter U.S. illegally, or engage in criminal conduct in the U.S., but also those who “overstay or violate the terms of their visas.” ICE could hire 10.000 additional immigration officers.
- Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements
- Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States
The U.S. President Donald Trump could sign executive orders on Wednesday, which should enable construction of the proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and to target the sanctuary cities, where immigrants have municipal identification cards and local leaders refuse to hand over people for deportation.
The Washington Post says, “The moves represent Trump‘s first effort deliver on perhaps signature issue that drove his presidential campaign: his belief that illegal immigration is out of control and threatening the country’s safety and security.”
But, Trump also said during the campaign, he would reverse the policy as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is. In 2012, DACA offered protection of deportation to those who arrived illegally in the U.S. as children. In addition, Trump could put the refugee program on hold for four months and could freeze issuing of visas to people from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Trump should speak on Wednesday to a town hall of the Department of Homeland Security’s headquarters, where he is expected to sign orders related to wall and sanctuary cities. This visit is second to a security agency after he spoke to CIA’s headquarters in Northern Virginia.
Immigration advocates and Democrats oppose the idea to build a wall along the U.S. –Mexico border. Mexican government opposed the suggestion for a wall and said it would not pay for it. The president of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto will visit the U.S. and the issue will be discussed. In changes Trump wants to introduce to the persistent issue of immigration in the U.S. is “tripling the number of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents,” the Washington Post explains. Aside, Trump could halt immigration from Syria.
As CNN.com reports, “not everyone is as enthusiastic as the President about building a wall.” “I don’t see any efficacy in building a wall across the border,” said Gil Kerlikowske, who until last week served as Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection under former President Barack Obama. “The border and migration issues are just unbelievably complex,” Kerlikowske said in an interview with CNN. “And a simple answer to a complex problem is most assuredly the wrong answer.”
In addition to changes to immigration policies, President Donald Trump called on Wednesday for “a major investigation” into voter fraud, following through with baseless claims he has made since November’s election alleging millions of illegal votes during the general election without citing any evidence.
“I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and … even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time). Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!” Trump wrote in two consecutive tweets.