Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Trump Signs Executive Orders to Build Border Wall and Strengthen Immigration Enforcement

During a ceremony at the Department of Homeland Security on January 25 honoring the department’s newly confirmed secretary, retired Gen. John Kelly, President Trump signed an executive order to begin construction of a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, and to improve immigration enforcement, which includes ending the “catch and release” policy practiced by the Obama administration. Under “catch and release,” illegal border crossers are issued a “notice to appear” and released instead of being detained and processed for deportation.
A “Notice to Appear” is basically a summons issued to an illegal alien who is released on his own recognizance and ordered to appear before an immigration court at a future date. A large number of those issued such a notice fail to show up for the hearings.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that the first order signed by Trump calls for the construction of “a large physical barrier on the southern border.” “Building a barrier is more than just a campaign promise, it’s common sense, the first step to really securing our porous border,” Spicer told reporters Wednesday. “Federal agencies are going to unapologetically enforce the law — no ifs, ands or buts.” 

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