Business Immigration Zone (BIZ): President Trump Signs Executive Orders On Border Wall and Immigration Enforcement

January 25, 2017

At the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, President Trump signed two executive orders – the first order on building a wall along the U.S./Mexico border and the second order on “interior security.” These orders are the first of several possible immigration actions from the administration. Many speculate the President will also implement policies that might screen immigrants based on ideology and refugee suspensions.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said at a briefing on Wednesday, that the “interior security” executive order, “addresses the enforcement of our immigration laws in the United States” with the aim to “strip” federal grant money from sanctuary cities. Additionally, it appears the Trump administration will restore Secure Communities – a 2008 program launched by former President George W. Bush, which allowed fingerprints of arrested individuals to be checked against DHS databases.

Because construction of a wall along the U.S./Mexico border will likely require congressional funding, the White House conceded that, “at this point, [the President’s] goal was to get the project started as quickly as possible, using existing funds and resources that the department currently has … and then, to move forward and work with Congress on an appropriations schedule.”

The White House also indicated that the President will direct policies to “create more detention space for illegal immigrants along the southern border, to make it easier and cheaper to detain them.”