President Donald Trump will start rolling out executive actions on immigration Wednesday – beginning with an order to start building his wall along the border with Mexico.
From The Daily Mail
The president is also expected to take action over the next few days to temporarily ban immigration from Muslim countries deemed a ‘threat to national security’ – namely Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, and Somalia.
In addition, Trump is set to sign other domestic immigration enforcement measures that will include targeting sanctuary cities that decline to prosecute undocumented aliens.
Another key policy shift being discussed is whether to scrap rules protecting hundreds of thousands of children of illegal immigrants from deportation.
In total over the next few days, Trump is expected to:
- Direct federal funds toward the construction of a wall along the southern border
- Target so-called ‘sanctuary’ cities that decline to prosecute undocumented aliens
Measures still being finalized and subject to change include:
- A four-month freeze on admission of all refugees
- Grant exceptions to Christians and other minorities fleeing Muslim persecution
- Halt visas to people from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen because the Muslim-majority countries are ‘terror prone’
- The visa bans would last at least 30 days while vetting processes are reviewed
- Stop protecting illegal immigrants who arrived in the US as children from deportation
The Donald will get started with an executive order authorizing the wall on Wednesday, while the immigration bans are still being finalized and could come later in the week.
The president posted a tweet on Tuesday evening signaling that major announcements were in the offing.
‘Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow,’ Trump tweeted. ‘Among many other things, we will build the wall!’
The new Trump directives are expected to stop most refugees including those from Syria coming to America while vetting processes are reviewed. This could last for four months, or an indefinite amount of time.
The one exception is religious minorities fleeing persecution – which would apply to Christians fleeing Syria and other Muslim majority countries, according to several congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter.
The proposed plans also temporary visa ban on all people entering from some Muslim majority countries that pose a perceived terror risk – Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan. This would last at least 30 days.
In addition the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) – which has shielded illegal immigrant children from deportation by granting them work permits – could be axed after Trump vowed to do so during his campaign, according to the Washington Post.
RECORD NUMBER OF MUSLIM REFUGEES FLED TO THE US IN 2016
The US government permitted 38,901 Muslim refugees to enter the country in 2016, nearly half of the total number of refugees it permitted into its borders, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.
The figure represents the highest number of Muslim refugees that have been permitted into the US since data on religious affiliation became publicly available in 2002.
It followed increasing escalation in Syria’s bloody civil war, as well as continued instability in Iraq and Afghanistan and the collapse of Libya’s government.
The US allowed nearly the same number of Christians into the country – 37,521.
Fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, was the first time in 10 years that the US admitted more Muslims than Christians.
The majority of the Muslim refugees who entered the US last year were from Syria (12,486) and Somalia (9,012).
The rest came from Iraq (7,853), Burma (3,145) – where Muslims are harshly discriminated against – Afghanistan (2,664), and other countries.
The Obama administration aimed to absorb 10,000 Syrian refugees. Instead, it exceeded the goal by 2,486.
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