Closing the gate: Trump plans early action to seal U.S. southwest border left virtually open by Obama

Friday, January 20, 2017 by

Sources close to the Trump transition team say one of the first things the new president will do is move to fulfill a campaign pledge to dramatically bolster security along the U.S./Mexico border, as many are waiting in anticipation of the “big, beautiful wall” he has promised to build.

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, aides to President Trump are currently clearing the way so he can take his first steps towards making the immigration system legal again, “fulfilling a major campaign pledge” while ticking off open-borders advocates in both major parties.

One of the steps Trump plans to take is to issue an executive order reversing President Obama’s unconstitutional action that protected people in the country illegally, mostly by preventing them from being deported. According to advocates of enforcing immigration law, as well as those familiar with Trump’s plans, say in place of Obama’s actions, there will likely be raids on workplaces and other tough measures as the president wastes little time in keeping his pledge to the American people. [RELATED: Stay current on the administration’s moves against illegal immigration and other policy issues at]

The Times noted that, in addition to high-profile raids, the president also plans to expand the pool of people to be deported, focusing primarily on anyone in the country illegally who has a criminal conviction, while also moving to cut the number of refugees entering the country.

As a security measure, the 45th president could also keep a promise made during his campaign to stop immigrants and refugees coming into the U.S. “from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism.”

“We need to get control of our borders and we need to get control of our immigration system, and we can do it in a very smart and methodical way that ensures that the first priority is first and foremost people who seek to cause us harm or who are a danger in a community,” said newly minted White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

There are more changes coming and are expected to be rolled out more slowly, the Times said. Still, those measures are also expected to have broad effects. Some who have committed even minor crimes are also expected to be sent back to their native countries, along with some 800,000 people who have been ordered out but stayed anyway.

Plans also call for having more federal immigration agents sent to local jails to search for border violators, an increase in the prosecution of immigration violations, and allowing fewer people to become eligible to request protection inside the U.S. over the definition of what constitutes a “credible fear” if they are returned to their home countries.

As the Times noted further:

Taken together, the actions would result in a significant shift in how immigration law is enforced, which could itself create a ripple effect that alters the immigration pool and how the 11 million or so in the U.S. illegally live their lives. Unlike some of his other big-ticket plans, such as replacing Obamacare, Trump can act on immigration without Congress under the president’s wide legal authority to control borders.

For most Americans—especially those living in border states who have had to endure eight long years of lax immigration enforcement—these moves could not come soon enough. Yet, concern over what Trump will do has sparked one final mad dash for the border. [RELATED: How has mass immigration affected U.S. cities? Stay current at]

As noted by Agence France Presse, thousands are racing to get across:

Migrants trying to sneak into the United States from the parched Mexican desert have to contend with border guards’ drones overhead, poisonous snakes underfoot and human trafficking gangs at their backs.

But these challenges are nothing compared to their bigger fear: that someday soon, US President-elect Donald Trump will build a wall to keep them out altogether.

Trump began his campaign with a pledge to tighten immigration laws and build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and make Mexico pay for that wall in some manner. An electoral majority of Americans heartily agreed with him, and not the globalist/establishment cabal in Washington on the issue.

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for Natural News and News Target, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.


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