Caspian International News Agency- President Donald Trump will start rolling out executive actions on immigration Wednesday – beginning with an order to start building his wall along the border with Mexico.
The president is also expected to take action over the next few days to temporarily ban immigration from Muslim countries deemed a ‘threat to national security’ – namely Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, and Somalia.
In addition, Trump is set to sign other domestic immigration enforcement measures that will include targeting sanctuary cities that decline to prosecute undocumented aliens.
Measures still being finalized and subject to change include:
- A four-month freeze on admission of all refugees
- Grant exceptions to Christians and other minorities fleeing Muslim persecution
- Halt visas to people from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen because the Muslim-majority countries are ‘terror prone’
- The visa bans would last at least 30 days while vetting processes are reviewed
- Stop protecting illegal immigrants who arrived in the US as children from deportation
The Donald will get started with an executive order authorizing the wall on Wednesday, while the immigration bans are still being finalized and could come later in the week.
The new Trump directives are expected to stop most refugees including those from Syria coming to America while vetting processes are reviewed. This could last for four months, or an indefinite amount of time.
The proposed plans also temporary visa ban on all people entering from some Muslim majority countries that pose a perceived terror risk – Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan. This would last at least 30 days.
Stephen Legomsky, who was chief counsel at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Obama administration, said the president had the authority to limit refugee admissions and the issuance of visas to specific countries if the administration determined it was in the public’s interest.
‘From a legal standpoint, it would be exactly within his legal rights,’ said Legomsky, a professor at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. ‘But from a policy standpoint, it would be terrible idea because there is such an urgent humanitarian need right now for refugees.’
To block entry from the designated countries, Trump is likely to instruct the US State Department to stop issuing visas to people from those nations, according to sources familiar with the visa process.
Iran has been designated by the State Department as ‘the foremost sponsor of terrorism in 2015, providing a range of support, including financial, training, and equipment, to groups around the world,’ according to CNN.
The US says that Iran has given weapons and cash to organizations like Hezbollah in Lebanon and Iraqi Shi’ite groups, including Kata’ib Hizballah.