In accordance with President Trump’s campaign pledges, orders released on Tuesday state that the Department of Homeland Security is to begin implementing a large swathe of the immigration reforms put forth through Executive orders.
According to the Daily Caller, one of the memos states:
“A wall along the southern border is necessary to deter and prevent the illegal entry of aliens and is a critical component of the President’s overall border security strategy.” The memo orders Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to use materials originating in the U.S. to “immediately begin planning, design, construction and maintenance of a wall, including the attendant lighting, technology (including sensors), as well as patrol and access roads, along the land border with Mexico in accordance with existing law.”
While this will please many voters who see illegal immigration as one of the main issues facing the nation today, it does pose a problem for president Trump concerning the DACA regulations which affect children of people who immigrated illegally. President Trump said at a press conference last week:
“DACA is a very, very difficult subject for me,”
“It’s one of the most difficult subjects I have because you have these incredible kids.”
As well as the memo about getting the border wall started, more memos were released:
The memos order the hiring of an additional 10,000 ICE officers and 5,000 CBP officers. They also get rid of an Obama administration program which forced ICE to focus on deporting only the most serious of criminals, and reinstate the 287(g) program which allows for local and state law enforcement officials to enforce federal immigration law.