During his presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump proclaimed he would reverse decades of immigration policy that had “served the needs of wealthy donors, political activists and powerful politicians” instead of the American people.
Trump promised to put America First. Upon taking office, the President got right to work.
In January, now-President Donald Trump issued two executive orders focused on immigration. The first imposed a temporary ban on foreign nationals entering the US from those nations that could not adequately screen for terrorists.
This came in response to the dozens of foreign nationals who had entered America falsely claiming “refugee” status only to commit terrorist acts. Activist federal courts immediately halted the ban.
Trump then revised it to apply to those who could not prove a bona fide relationship with the United States. The U.S. Supreme Court permitted that part to take effect and agreed to review the entire ban this fall.
Trump also issued an executive order denying certain grants to “sanctuary cities” that refuse to honor federal “detainer requests” and hold illegal aliens, who had committed crimes, for up to 48 hours; this would give Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) time to take custody and initiate deportation proceedings before the criminal illegal aliens could be released back into our communities.
This order came in response to the numerous violent crimes committed by illegal aliens against Americans including the tragic killings of Kate Steinle and Jamiel Shaw.
An activist federal judge blocked the order temporarily.
Nevertheless, Trump is not taking his foot off the gas. In February, he sent a warning to several sanctuary cities advising them to reverse their sanctuary policies or face a loss of federal grant monies.
A few days ago the Cuban-born Mayor of Miami-Dade County announced it has reversed its 2013 sanctuary policy and will comply with Trump’s executive order. Furthermore, last week ICE announced it may charge sanctuary city leaders with violating federal anti-smuggling laws for protecting illegal aliens and refusing to cooperate with federal immigration law.
By Marc A. Scaringi for PennLive
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