On January 25th, in keeping his campaign promises, President Donald J. Trump issued two Executive Orders affecting US immigration policy. The Executive Orders are titled “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements” and “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.” These Executive Orders address border security, as well as security in the interior of the country.
The main points of the Executive Orders are the following:
- Directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to take immediate complete operational control of the southern border, including planning, designing, and constructing a wall;
- Directs DHS to construct detention facilities near the southern border and assigning asylum officers and immigration judges to these facilities in order to conduct credible and reasonable fear interviews and removal proceedings;
- Directs DHS to detain noncitizens apprehended for violations of immigration law pending the outcome of their removal proceedings;
- Instructs DHS to ensure that applicants for admission arriving on land from contiguous territories are returned to the territory from which they came pending a formal removal proceeding;
- Directs DHS to hire 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents;
- Directs DHS to enter into agreements with state and local governments in order to empower them to perform the functions of an immigration officer in the interior of the US;
- Directing DHS to prioritize for removal of noncitizens on the following grounds: criminal, security, fraud, misrepresentation, and inadmissible arriving aliens;
- Directs DHS to hire 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers;
- Directs DHS and the Attorney General (AG) to ensure that sanctuary jurisdictions are not eligible to receive Federal grants except as deemed necessary for law enforcement purposes; and,
- Directs DHS and Department of State (DOS) to implement sanctions against countries that deny or delay the return of their nationals who are ordered removed by the US.
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