President Donald Trump is expected to take significant executive action on Wednesday to restrict immigration from seven Middle Eastern countries, making good on yet another huge campaign promise.
Citing “several congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter,” Reuters reported on Tuesday that the Trump administration plans to sign executive orders temporarily restricting immigration to the United States from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.
The orders are expected to impact most refugees from those nations until the Department of Homeland Security and State Department make improvements to the current vetting process, according to the report.
After flirting with the idea of a temporary ban on Muslim immigration, Trump ultimately endorsed a plan to restrict immigration from countries known for terrorist activity in order to prevent possible terrorists from exploiting the U.S. immigration system.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed on Tuesday that the immigration vetting process will be overhauled as soon as Rex Tillerson is cleared to head the State Department.
Because the countries seem to be all Muslim-majority nations, Trump will almost certainly face harsh criticism from his liberal critics, including Democrats in Congress. However, if it’s determined the temporary immigration ban is in the public’s interest, the president is within his legal right to issue the executive orders.
Trump has been on something of an executive order spree this week.
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.
So far, President Trump is wasting little time in carrying out his aggressive agenda.