Trump to Start 'Immigration Blitz'

He plans to issue orders on border wall, sanctuary cities
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2017 2:26 AM CST
Updated Jan 25, 2017 6:38 AM CST
Trump Plans 'Big Day' for Border Security
President Donald Trump speaks at The Salute To Our Armed Services Inaugural Ball in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The clock is ticking on Donald Trump's first 100 days in office and he isn't dawdling over implementing the most controversial parts of his platform. The president plans what the Washington Post describes as an "immigration blitz" this week with executive orders on several areas of immigration policy. White House insiders tell the Post that Trump, who will speak about border security at the Department of Homeland Security’s headquarters on Wednesday, plans to start off with orders to begin construction of a border wall with Mexico and to punish "sanctuary cities" that fail to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. The Wall Street Journal's sources say Trump will also announce the hiring of more border agents.

"Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow," Trump tweeted late Tuesday. "Among many other things, we will build the wall!" Congressional aides tell Reuters that later in the week, Trump plans to issue executive orders temporarily banning almost all refugees and suspending visas for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries: Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The Journal's sources say Trump is considering shutting down the entire refugee program for as long as 120 days while he brings in measures including the "extreme vetting" he promised during his campaign. Insiders tell the Post that the Trump team is still debating policy in other areas, including President Obama's deferred deportation program. (More Donald Trump stories.)

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