President Trump has signed a total of 12 executives orders in his first few days of office, including some focused on border security and stopping illegal immigration.
Trump’s executive orders on immigration take the first steps in building a wall along the southern border, ending capture and release programs, hiring additional border agents, and defunding sanctuary cities. But some immigration experts are disappointed with the orders because they do not go far enough.
The director of the Center for Immigration Studies, Mark Krikorian, appeared on Fox News last night and told Tucker Carlson he wants Trump to keep to his campaign promises. According to Krikorian, the first promise missed by Trump is the cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
DACA was an executive order put forward by President Obama which many analysts say was done illegally. DACA shields hundreds of thousands of illegal alien children from deportation. It provides them with work permits, social security cards and the ability to remain in America for two-year periods.
The second promise was to protect American workers. Krikorian wants to see President Trump put forward an executive order to make e-Verify mandatory. The online program forces employers to do a background check on potential hires to ensure the person is permitted to work in the U.S. legally. Dennis Michael Lynch agrees with Krikorian. “Until we cut off the magnet — meaning jobs — people will continue to come here illegally. If President Trump rips out the incentive to get a job, he will rip out the incentive for illegal aliens to stay here. If Trump orders mandatory e-Verify and cracks down on employers the problem of illegal immigration in the U.S. will be cut in half overnight,” Lynch said.
Immigration experts like Krikorian fear President Trump will not stick to his promises of truly ending illegal immigration because they hear him backing off from his tough campaign rhetoric. When asked what he would do about DACA back in December, Trump said , “we’re going to work something out for people in the program.”
In a Time magazine interview Trump said this about the children who fall under DACA, “They got brought here at a very young age, they’ve worked here, they’ve gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they’re in never-never land because they don’t know what’s going to happen.”
In his interview with ABC News that aired last night, Trump said, “They shouldn’t be very worried, I do have a big heart. We’re going to take care of everybody, we’re going to have a very strong border, we’re going to have a very solid border. You have great people that are here that have done a good job, they should be far less worried.”
NumbersUSA is a DC based firm that lobbies for lowering immigration levels. Yesterday, it called on its estimated 2 million members to launch a social media campaign demanding that Trump act now and follow through on his campaign promise.
In an email sent to its supporters, NumbersUSA wrote: “it has become clear in the last two days that Pres. Trump will not end the renewals and issuance of DACA work permits ‘immediately’ as he stated repeatedly in the campaign.”
Best selling writer and immigration hawk, Ann Coulter, pointed to the text of one of Trump’s Wednesday orders, which directs executive branch agents to “detain individuals apprehended on suspicion of violating federal or state law, including federal immigration law” and said, “I don’t see how this doesn’t fully contravene DACA.”
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