White House Spokesman Sean Spicer detailed the executive orders on immigration that were signed by President Trump on Wednesday in a press briefing earlier in the day. He described it as “The President fulfilling one of his most significant campaign promises to the American people by making America safe again. By taking steps to secure our borders and improve immigration enforcement inside the United States.”
Clarifying, Spicer said, “The President intends to sign two executive orders after observing the swearing in of Secretary of Homeland Security Kelly.” He describes the first executive order, saying, “It addresses long overdue border security issues and the first order in that will be to build a large physical barrier on the southern border. Building this barrier is more than just a campaign promise, it’s a common sense first step to really securing our porous border. This will stem the flow of drugs, crime, illegal immigration into the United States. And yes, one way or another, as the President has said before, Mexico will pay for it.”
He says, “The executive order also provides the dedicated men and women of the Department of Homeland Security with the tools and resources they need to stop illegal immigration from entering the United States.” He also notes that the orders will create more detention space along the southern border, making it “easier and cheaper to detain them and return them to their country of origin. We are going to end the last administration’s dangerous catch and release policy, which has led to the deaths of many Americans.”
Spicer said, “We’re going to once again prioritize the prosecution and deportation of illegal immigrants who have also all the wise violated our laws. And after these criminals spend time in prison for the crimes that they’ve committed they’re going to get back one way tickets to the country of their origin and their governments are going to take them back.”
The second executive order, he says, “addresses the enforcement of our immigration laws in the United States and returns the power and responsibility to the dedicated men and women of the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement to help them enforce the law. These men and women want to enforce the law and we’re going to help them do that. Federal agencies are going to unapologetically enforce the law, no ifs, ands or buts.”
Spicer provides some details, saying, “We’re going to restore the popular ‘Secure Communities Program, which will help ICE agents target illegal immigrants for removal. The State Department is going to withhold visas and use other tools to make sure countries accept and return the criminals that came from their country. We’ll ensure that these countries take those individuals back and we’re going to strip federal grant money from the sanctuary states and cities that harbor illegal immigrants.”
He adds, “The American people are no longer going to have to be forced to subsidize this disregard for our laws.”
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