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President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed two sweeping executive orders on border security and immigration enforcement, authorizing the construction of a border wall and calling for an end to the Obama administration’s so-called “catch-and-release” strategy.
Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs provides a rundown of the provisions included in first executive order on border security:
• Build a wall
• End catch-and-release
• Stop Central American border crisis
• Increase U.S. Customs and Border Protection by 5,000 agents
• Stop asylum fraud
• Allow federal law enforcement to access federal land for border security
• Publicly detail aid being given to Mexico
• Coordinate with local agencies to address border shortfalls
• Prioritize border prosecutions
• Collect and publish monthly statistics on border data
The second executive order, titled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States," calls for the following:
• Aggressively pursue interior enforcement
• End sanctuary cities
• Empower ICE to enforce the laws
• Identify criminal illegal aliens
• Triple ICE removal operations/agents
• Create victims advocacy office for victims of crime by illegal aliens
• Collect unpaid fines for illegal immigrants
President Trump revealed his plans for his border wall on Wednesday, vowing to start construction in “months.” He said taxpayers will be “reimbursed at a later date.”
“We're going to be starting those negotiations relatively soon... and we will be in a form reimbursed by Mexico,” Trump said.
Trump has quite literally been on an executive order spree since taking office.
On Monday, Trump signed several executive orders withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal and implementing a federal hiring freeze. On Tuesday, Trump signed more executive orders to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects, infuriating his environmentalist detractors.