On Wednesday, it became clear that President Donald Trump was going to
begin to reshape US immigration enforcement policies through executive
action. The topic of a border wall and deporting undocumented immigrants
was a controversial cornerstone of his campaign. To the disappointment
and fear of many, it appears that he intends to follow through with his
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Executive Actions Affirm Trump’s Commitment to Hardline Policies
To the Department of Homeland Security, Trump announced, “Beginning
today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders.”
This was after he signed two executive orders that boosted border patrol
forces, increased the number of officers who carry out deportations, and
began to direct the construction of his infamous US-Mexico border wall.
Trump Establishes New Criteria for Deportation Priorities
Under Obama, undocumented immigrants who had been convicted of multiple
misdemeanors, a serious misdemeanor, or a felony were prioritized for
Under Trump, the new criteria for deporting undocumented immigrants have
unfolded as follows:
- Any undocumented immigrants who are abusing public benefits
- Any undocumented immigrants who pose a risk to public safety (in the judgment
of the immigration officer)
- Any undocumented immigrants who pose a risk to national security (in the
judgment of the immigration officer)
The executive director of the National Immigration Law Center called Trump’s
actions “extremist, ineffective and expensive.” In addition,
she called Trump a wrecking ball to the immigration system, and added
that her organization is moving through legal papers in order to challenge
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