President Trump plans on signing executive orders Wednesday allowing construction of his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and targeting cities where local leaders refuse to hand over illegal immigrants for deportation according to the Washington Post.The actions are part of a multi-day focus on immigration and an array of sweeping and immediate changes to the nation’s immigration system under consideration by the new president. The moves represents Trump’s effort to deliver on his campaign promises.
Trump’s actions this week on immigration has been widely see inside the White House as a victory for the self-described populist wing of his inner circle.
There was discussions on Tuesday about just how far Trump would go on some policies. The main concern was the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). The 2012 initiative has given temporary protection from deportation to hundreds of thousands of people who arrived in the United States as children. Trump vowed during the campaign to reverse it but it was not clear if it would be addressed as part of Trump’s immigration actions.
Officials are also considering, but have yet to decide whether or not to indefinitely shut down the program that allows refugees from war-torn Syria into the United States.
Those familiar with the discussions said Trump will also potentially bar for 30 days the issuance of U.S. visas to people from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. They are all Muslim-majority countries and the bar would be until new visa procedures are developed.On Wednesday, Trump plans to speak to a town hall of employees at the Department of Homeland Security’s headquarters in Washington, where he is expected to sign the order relating to the wall and “sanctuary cities.”