United States new President Donald Trump has began steps to reshape the country’s immigration policies through executive actions. His first step in “Making America Great Again” seems is to build the controversial Mexican Wall. The President has signed an executive order that facilitates the construction and deportation of undocumented immigrants.
In the recently signed two executive orders, the president has directed the construction of a wall on the US-Mexico border, boosting border patrol forces and increasing the number of immigration enforcement officers who carry out deportations. In addition, the new orders strip sanctuary cities of federal grant funding, reports CNN.
While speaking to Department of Homeland Security employees, Mr. Trump said that the US has just began efforts to control its borders.
However, these orders do not cover the cost of the Mexican Wall. During the run up for the presidency, Mr. Trump had promised that Mexico would fund the construction. But after Mexican president insisted Mexico would not fund such, Trump repeatedly promises that Mexico will reimburse US taxpayers.
With such a move, Donald Trump has raised alarm as to whether he will progress with his controversial campaign promises. He has constantly articulated hard-line immigration policies.
Furthermore, Mr. Trump has insisted that he doesn’t need Congress to pass new legislation to implement the border control and immigration. He says that he will use the available framework to do so.
The Wednesday executive orders will add 5,000 agents to the Border Patrol forces and also additional 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers for implementing deportation.
Mr. Trump said that plans of the wall have started with immediate effect while the actual building will begin in months to come.
Trump said that he has already confirmed the wall’s construction with the federal funds but will seek reimbursement from Mexico. This is an idea that Mexico doesn’t agree to.
Trump said that negotiations would start relatively soon. “I’m telling you there will be a payment. It will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form,” he said.
He has however been considerate, saying that a strong Mexican economy is equally beneficial to the United States.
Trump’s actions leave little doubt about whether his immigration policies as president would differ from his campaign rhetoric.
There is no doubt that Trump will insist on deporting undocumented immigrants. Under the new administration, any undocumented immigrant charged or convicted with a crime will be deported.
Obama’s administration only prioritized the deportation of immigrants convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor.
However, Trump’s leadership takes this further by deporting even immigrants regarded simply to be “a risk to public safety or national security” as decided by the immigration officer.
His plans have not only placed him at loggerheads with the Democrats but also some Republicans.