Within one week of being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America, President Trump has made good on two immigration-related campaign trail promises, namely: Building a wall to secure the Southern Border and 2. Enhancing the internal security of the U.S. through prioritizing the removal of criminal aliens.
Click here to read the Executive Order pertaining to Building the Wall. As noted in the Order, and "In accordance with existing law, including the Secure Fence Act and IIRIRA, (the executive branch shall) take all appropriate steps to immediately plan, design, and construct a physical wall along the southern border, using appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve complete operational control of the southern border";
Click here to read the Executive Order on Enhancement of Internal Security. As noted therein, enforcement priority (removal of certain persons) is as follows:a) Have been convicted of any criminal offense;
(b) Have been charged with any criminal offense, where such charge has not been resolved;
(c) Have committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense;
(d) Have engaged in fraud or willful misrepresentation in connection with any official matter or application before a governmental agency;
(e) Have abused any program related to receipt of public benefits;
(f) Are subject to a final order of removal, but who have not complied with their legal obligation to depart the United States; or
(g) In the judgment of an immigration officer, otherwise pose a risk to public safety or national security.
Further positive developments occurred earlier this week when the Administration announced that it intends to maintain Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals ("DACA")--what most erroneuoulsy refer to as the Dream Act--and that it seeks to create a more lasting, permanent solution towards immigration reform.