President Donald Trump wasted no time this week in beginning to fulfill his primary campaign promises of reforming immigration into the United States and construction of a southern border wall with Mexico.
Today, the president signed two executive orders which aim to begin construction on the wall and end “sanctuary cities.”
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According to a CNN report:
President Donald Trump on Wednesday started to reshape US immigration enforcement policies via executive action, taking his first steps toward fulfilling some of the most contentious pledges that defined his campaign — building a border wall and punishing “sanctuary cities.”
Trump signed executive orders ordering 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.
“Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders,” Trump told employees of the Department of Homeland Security at the department’s headquarters in Washington.
Another executive order signed by President Trump will punish so called “sanctuary cities” (cities that are lax about enforcing immigration laws) financially. The executive action cuts off grant funding for those cities.
The action also ends the practice of releasing illegal immigrants detained by law enforcement prior to trial dates.
During the campaign, Trump promised Mexico would “pay for the wall” on the southern border. While Trump has begun the process of using taxpayer funds on the wall in the immediate future, he has assured voters that Mexico will end up paying for the wall either directly or indirectly through renegotiated trade deals. “I’m telling you there will be a payment. It will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form … We are going to stabilize on both sides of the border and we also understand that a strong and healthy economy in Mexcio is very good for the United States,” Trump explained.
Trump also explained that he doesn’t feel he needs the aid on Congress in this current round of immigration reform, saying, “We do not need new laws. We will work within the existing system and framework.”
The orders signed today also call for the hiring and training of some fifteen thousand new Border Patrol and Customs Agents to help police the United State’s southern border.