President Donald Trump is turning his anti-immigrant rhetoric into action by signing new executive orders to allow construction of his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and to target sanctuary cities, the White House announced this morning.
The actions are among an array of sweeping and immediate changes to the nation’s immigration system under consideration by the new president. The president is aiming his rage at cities where local leaders refuse to hand over illegal immigrants for deportation, according to White House officials familiar with the decisions.
As The Washington Post states, the effort to crack down on these localities will resonate with the Republican base, which has long criticized local officials who refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
Trump’s immigration blitz is widely seen inside the White House as a victory for the self-described white supremacist Stephen K. Bannon, attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions and top policy adviser Stephen Miller, The Post reported.
Discussions were ongoing Tuesday about just how far to go on some policies, in particular, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. The 2012 initiative has given temporary protection from deportation to hundreds of thousands of people who arrived in the United States as children. Trump vowed during the campaign to reverse it.
But local officials have vowed to resist, saying they will not cooperate with the Trump administration.