Executive Orders on Immigration

executive orders on immigration

Executive Order on Immigration

President Donald J. Trump followed through on his campaign promise on January 25th by signing two executive orders related to immigration. The orders aimed to both launch construction of a wall on the Mexican border and increase immigration enforcement.

Trump has declared illegal immigration “a clear and present danger to the interests of the United States.”

What are the Executive Orders on Immigration?

The Wall

Entitled “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements,” this order doesn’t outline how the wall will be funded, but construction is said to begin immediately along the Mexico border and calls for 5,000 additional border patrol agents.

End Catch and Release

Trump’s order aims to end the “catch and release” policy that releases undocumented immigrants because of the limited detention space. They are told to appear in immigration court at a later date.

Instead, more immigrants will be behind bars if they’re caught illegally crossing the border, or if they’re in deportation proceedings.

The order requests the secretary of homeland security to launch detention facilities near the border and staff them with asylum officers and immigration judges.

Publicizing crimes

The order contains two provisions to increase the public reporting of crimes related to illegal immigration.

One provision requires US Immigration and Customs Enforcement to create an “Office for Victims of Crimes Committed by Removable Aliens.”

Sanctuary Cities and Domestic Enforcement

Entitled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” this order is intended to increase the implementation of immigration laws within the U.S. This means prioritizing the deportation of undocumented immigrants and targets:

  • People convicted of any criminal offense
  • People who have been charged with a crime
  • People who have broken a law, regardless of charges or convictions
  • People with final administrative deportation orders
  • Anyone else Trump’s Deportation Force wants to prioritize

In addition Trump signed an executive order Friday, titled “Protection Of The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States,” this order follows through on Trump’s promise to tighten borders and stop refugees from entering the United States.

California: A Sanctuary

A sanctuary city “offers safe harbor for undocumented immigrants who might otherwise be deported by federal immigration law enforcement officials.” According to the Center for Immigration Studies, there are around 300 “sanctuary jurisdictions” in the United States. The states of California and Connecticut however have policies that impede the enforcement of federal immigration law.

Additionally several Immigration Rights Organizations exist, where you can learn about immigrant rights and ways to stay protected:

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles http://www.chirla.org/

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights http://www.nnirr.org/drupal/

Immigration Advocates Network https://www.immigrationadvocates.org