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Trump to move on border security, immigration enforcement

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    President Donald Trump talks with reporters in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington today before signing an executive order on the Keystone XL pipeline.

WASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump will begin rolling out executive actions on immigration Wednesday, beginning with steps to tighten border security — including his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — and other domestic immigration enforcement measures, according to two administration officials.

Later in the week, the president is expected to restrict the flow of refugees to the United States. The proposed plans include at least a four-month halt on all refugee admissions, as well as temporary ban on people coming from some Muslim majority countries, according to a representative of a public policy organization that monitors refugee issues. The person was briefed on the details of that proposed action by a government official and outlined the expected steps for The Associated Press.

The officials and the public policy organization’s representative insisted on anonymity in order to outline the plans ahead of Trump’s official announcements. The president is expected to sign the first actions Wednesday during a trip to the Department of Homeland Security, with additional actions being rolled out over the next few days, according to one official.

It appeared as though the refugee restrictions were still to be finalized. The person briefed on the proposals said they included a ban on entry to the U.S. for at least 30 days from countries including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, though the person cautioned the details could still change.

There is also likely to be an exception in the refugee stoppage for those fleeing religious persecution if their religion is a minority in their country. That exception could cover Christians fleeing Muslim-majority nations.

Trump campaigned on pledges to tighten U.S. immigration policies, including beefing up border security and stemming the flow of refugees. He also called for halting entry to the U.S. from Muslim countries, but later shifted the policy to a focus on what he called “extreme vetting” for those coming from countries with terrorism ties.

As president, Trump can use an executive order to halt refugee processing. President George W. Bush used that same power in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Refugee security vetting was reviewed and the process was restarted several months later.

While the specific of Trump’s orders were unclear, both administration officials said Wednesday’s actions would focus in part on the president’s plans to construct a wall along the southern border with Mexico. Trump’s insistence that Mexico would pay for the wall was among his most popular proposals on the campaign trail, sparking enthusiastic cheers at his raucous rallies.

Mexico has repeatedly said it will not pay for any border wall. Earlier this month, Trump said the building project would initially be paid for with a congressionally approved spending bill and Mexico will eventually reimburse the U.S., though he has not specified how he would guarantee payments.

Trump will meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the White House next week.

In claiming authority to build a wall, Trump may rely on a 2006 law that authorized several hundred miles of fencing along the 2,000-mile frontier. That bill led to the construction of about 700 miles of various kinds of fencing designed to block both vehicles and pedestrians.

The Secure Fence Act was signed by then-President George W. Bush and the majority of the fencing in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California was built before he left office. The last remnants were completed after President Barack Obama took office in 2009.

The Trump administration also must adhere to a decades-old border treaty with Mexico that limits where and how structures can be built along the border. The 1970 treaty requires that structures cannot disrupt the flow of the rivers, which define the U.S.-Mexican border along Texas and 24 miles in Arizona, according to The International Boundary and Water Commission, a joint U.S.-Mexican agency that administers the treaty.

Other executive actions expected Wednesday include bolstering border patrol agents and ending what Republicans have argued is a catch-and-release system at the border. Currently, some immigrants caught crossing the border illegally are given notices to report back to immigration officials at a later date.

If Trump’s actions would result in those caught being immediately jailed, the administration would have to grapple with how to pay for jail space to detain everyone and what to do with children caught crossing the border with their parents.

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  • It’s very refreshing to have an elected politician follow through on their promises to his/her voters. And, to all Americans. Now, he is moving towards the challenge of illegal immigration and begin working to resolve that issue. And, if you notice, President Trump and his administration does this in the “Light of Day”, how refreshing.

    • Time for a major expansion of GITMO holding facilities to accommodate the most criminal of the illegal aliens.

      When that upgraded/expanded holding site is full, then time to bring back remote site Rendition protocols and ship the worst of the illegals to secure lodgings in places like Poland, Morocco, Thailand, Paraguay, Finland, Hebrides, Falklands, Johnston Island, French Frigate Shoals, &c. and never let them return to their home country.

      After word gets out about how many “disappear” without a trace, that may dampen the enthusiasm of would be wet backs who would otherwise be headed for Uncle Sugar’s welfare paradise.

  • Unlike his predecessor, Trump is following up on his campaign promises.. that got him elected.

    Didn’t the other-guy promised Congressional Hearing would be televised of CNN ?
    If that wasn’t bad enough… THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS believed him !

    • Finally we get a President who seems to be doing what he ran his campaign on. The Libertards/Democrats are nit-picking little sissy stuff as to not having much else to bring down TheDonald’s Presidency. lol. they say he lied on this and that but REALLY BARRY like MUFI brainwashed you sheep into believing their dreams spending “your” money.

  • Stick it to them Trump. Change the laws so illegals can be deported immediately without a court hearing. They’re not citizens and should not expect constitutional protections or benefits afforded to citizens.
    If they can’t register for school, get a drivers license, work legally or qualify for public benefits and medicare/medicaid – they will go home all on their own.

    • As examples, the Philippines, Thailand, etc. although not Rich Countries enforce their own immigration laws. Here’s what works as far as what a gather on youtube, immigrants have to re-up their visa stays every so often and in the case of Thailand they are having to exit and re-enter the country every so often too. I think illegal’s do not receive Government handouts. They make it hard for illegals to stay but isn’t that a Great way to deter illegal migration? The US has a problem with company owners big and small hiring illegal workers because of cheap labor, we have to start doling out BIG fines on these companies that disregards our hiring laws.

  • Beautiful.
    And to think that Hillary wanted to increase the refugee influx by 500% from Obama’s quota.
    We do not need bloodthirsty fanatics slipping in through the cracks. What’s been happening in Europe is insane and now they’re trying to do damage control. I can’t blame the people of Britain for voting to leave the EU. Smart move.

    • Euro was an effort to globalize the world by edicts that infringed on each member country’s sovereign rights. The monetary system was the first step toward challenging the US Dollar as the international medium of exchange. The UN also attempts to act as the directorate of world affairs by establishing quotas of refugees to each rich member nation. They should move the UN headquarters to somewhere in Africa closer to where attention is needed and actions can be observed with greater clarity where graft occurs and aid not reaching the needy.

  • listened to the news today on the radio before nerobama left office he went behind the congresses back without them knowing it and gave 220 million dollars to the Palestinians now we know why he has a nuslim middle name. come on SA that news report it.

  • Not only illegals that are affecting jobs for US citizens but also those on work VISAs. These are legal VISAs for companies to bring in foreign workers. Here in Austin, Texas whole communities are populated by Asian Indians working at the high tech companies. This is while UT, Austin graduates thousands each year in technology. I say, for every foreign worker that comes into this country, whether legal or illegal, that’s one less job for an American.

  • Enough is enough. Immigration is like food. First it builds the body of the nation, then when we are obese enough it ruins us. Our population has swollen up to where it is getting bothersome, there is no need for more people. All immigration is now harmful and should be stopped.

  • This is another issue challenging Christians who read their Bibles and know the word of God that you treat immigrants and refugees and the aliens and strangers in your land with love and charity as you would the native born. We can deport criminals who receive a fair trial, but not their innocent children, wives, widows, and their countrymen and fellow refugees.

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