BREAKING NEWS: Trump Signed Executive Actions to Build Border Wall, Increase Deportations
January 26, 2017
During his visit at the US Department of Homeland Security, President Trump signed
two executive actions fulfilling some of his promises made during his campaign - authorizing construction of a wall between Mexico and the United States and suspension of federal funds to states and municipalities that do not pass residents' immigration information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (sometimes referred to as "sanctuary cities"). The executive orders also seek to boost the number of border patrol agents, increase deportations, and end "catch and release practices" in which authorities apprehend unauthorized entrants on U.S. territory but do not immediately detain or deport them.
Watch our Immigration attorney Ben Snyder addressing this issue on WLOS ABC Asheville
Among the other orders Trump is reportedly considering include: a temporary ban on refugee admissions from all countries for 120 days; indefinite ban on refugee admissions from Syria; permanent reduction in refugee admissions from 110,000 to 50,000 annually, and an indefinite ban on visa issuance of all types for certain countries including Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, and Somalia.
Some of President's Trumps reported proposals are likely to encounter legal challenges. For example, Section 202(a)(1)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act prohibits the president from banning immigrant visas based solely on country of origin: "no person shall receive any preference or priority or be discriminated against in the issuance of an immigrant visa because of the person's race, sex, nationality, place of birth, or place of residence." Organizations such the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have already announced their intent to file lawsuits against the Trump Administration on issues such as immigration policy.
As always, our immigration attorneys will monitor the news and advise our clients on any changes in immigration law. If you have questions or concerns about President Trump's proposed executive orders on immigration, contact our office to schedule a meeting with one of our immigration attorneys.