Here is a surprising video of Trump signing the immigration-related executive orders (thanks to Rilla Murray):
Attorney Bernard Wolfsdorf checked off the orders as follows
These executive actions cover the following topics, which are intended to protect U.S. citizens from foreign nationals who intend to commit terrorist attacks in the U.S.:
Wall Along U.S.-Mexico Border
Refugee Admissions – a 120-day pause in refugee admissions to the U.S., with exceptions permitted for those fleeing religious persecution, if their religion is a minority in their country of nationality. Goal to reduce refugee admissions for FY 2017 to 50,000 from President Obama’s goal of 110,000.
Ban Entry to U.S. from Certain Muslim-Majority Countries. Applies to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
Screening of people coming in legally – Screenings and procedures for all immigration benefits to identify fraud and detect applicants’ intent to do harm…. “extreme vetting.” Expedite the completion of entries into the biometric entry-exit data system. All visa applicants to attend a visa interview, unless otherwise exempt by statute.
Detention for Illegal Entry – Termination of the practice commonly known as “catch and release,” whereby aliens are routinely released in the United States shortly after their apprehension for violations of immigration law
Curb Funding to Sanctuary Cities – Curb funding of “sanctuary cities” that do not arrest or detain immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.
Excerpts from a Wall Street Journal editorial:
….Over the border [illegal entry] is falling every year amid rising illegal entries from Asia, Central America and sub-Saharan Africa. Most of these aliens arrive legally but overstay their visas.
….More wall will prevent some illegal crossings at the margins, but at high cost. The Government Accountability Office figures border fencing runs $16 million per mile, with a price tag of $15 billion to $25 billion for the full project.
Mr. Trump…..vows to deny federal funds to these “sanctuary cities,” which include New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and nearly every Democratic urban locale. The Constitution bars the federal government from commandeering or coercing states or cities, so the practical effect will depend on whether Mr. Trump follows through in denying funds. This is essentially a political fight, and Mr. Trump’s voters don’t like the spectacle of mayors or police departments who refuse to enforce the law.
One encouraging note is that Mr. Trump seems to have stepped back from his promise to revoke President Obama’s 2012 order that shielded the “dreamers” from deportation..
U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela (Democrat, Brownsville area) wrote an open letter, “Mr. Trump, you’re a racist and you can take your border wall and shove it up your ass.”…[he said on MSNBC], “Well, I would have liked to have spoken in a much more diplomatic fashion, but I felt like I had to speak to Donald Trump in language he understands.”
From the restrictionist American Mirror:
In order to better inform Americans about the impact illegal aliens are having on crime rates in sanctuary cities, President Donald Trump today ordered the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to publish a weekly list of crimes committed by illegals. [Executive order titled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States”]
“To better inform the public regarding the public safety threats associated with sanctuary jurisdictions, the Secretary shall utilize the Declined Detainer Outcome Report or its equivalent and, on a weekly basis, make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens and any jurisdiction that ignored or otherwise failed to honor any detainers with respect to such aliens,” the order reads.