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Trump's Immigration Executive Orders

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President Trump wasted no time in signing a number of executive orders which concern our country’s immigration policies.

Today, he signed 2 executive orders, one of which authorizes the building of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and another which would curb Federal funding to sanctuary cities across the country.

The President called for the hiring of 5,000 additional border agents and another 10,000 immigration officers. He is also reinstating the Secure Communities program which was ended by President Obama. This program requires local law enforcement agencies to share fingerprint and other arrest data with the DHS.
In addition, federal agencies such as the IRS and the Social Security Administration will be required to share information regarding unauthorized immigrants with the DHS.

The number of persons incarcerated in immigration detention centers will be greatly increased from the present population of 34,000.

Tomorrow, President Trump is expected to sign another executive order, one which will temporarily halt refugee resettlement in the US and prevent persons from 7 Middle Eastern countries from entering the US with green cards or temporary visas.

The 7 countries are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The ban will last at least 30 days and could be imposed permanently if the governments of these countries do not comply with certain DHS and State Department requirements. The ban applies not only to tourists, students and temporary workers, but also to permanent residents of the US. It does not apply to persons from these countries who have become US citizens. Nor does it apply to citizens of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States.

Tomorrow’s executive order will also impose an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees coming to the US as well as a 120-day ban on refugees from other countries. When the US begins accepting refugees again, the number will be reduced by over 50%.

Christians and other religious minorities from Moslem countries will be given priority for refugee status.

None of President Trump’s first 3 executive orders concern the DACA program.

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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    On this topic, see my January 27 comment (still in progress):

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 01-28-2017 at 04:41 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    "None of President Trump’s first 3 executive orders concern the DACA program."

    You are wrong. I explain in the article I wrote about the interior enforcement executive order for the Hill. It hasn't been published yet.

    Basically, he says you can't enforce the law properly if you carve out exemptions for groups or categories. He is going to enforce it against all removable aliens. I think Roger is the only citizen he is going to deport.

    Nolan Rappaport
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Unless I am mistaken, Trump's administration is still accepting DACA applications, something that his Alt-Right and KKK supporters are not so happy about.

    But if Trump winds up making a deal on DACA, which might not be out of the question based on his own statements. that would be an exception to his war on non-white immigrants, the latest example of which we saw today in his seven country Muslim immigrant ban and "temporary" ban (which of course can be and no doubt will be extended) on all refugees, regardless of religion.

    This goes against every principle, every value, every ideal that this country was founded on.

    It is also a major step backward from the system of tolerance and equality for immigrants from every part of the world, without regard to race, religion or skin color that we have had for the past half century, back toward the Nordics-only system of legalized bigotry that was embodied in the 1924 Johnson-Reed Immigration Act signed by Calvin Coolidge.

    Will Trump's next executive diktat be to abolish the Statue of Liberty?

    All too many people buried their heads in the sand during the campaign and refused to take Trump seriously.

    They are now finding out that he meant what he said. There was a certain German politician whom no one took seriously either - eight decades ago.

    He also meant what he said.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 01-28-2017 at 04:47 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Keep complaining, Roger if it makes you feel as if you are doing something about Trump and the republican controlled congress. But the truth is that they aren't listening to you or to any other liberal dissenters. You have no power to impose your views.

    If you and the like minded dems want to accomplish something, you should start thinking of ways that we can work with them. This situation reminds me of something I read about Bullmastiffs when I had a 90-pound Bulmastiff puppy. You can't FORCE them to do anything, but be nice to them and they will want to do what you ask of them. It might work with Trump and the republican congress too.

    Nolan Rappaport
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