Wasting little time in enacting one of his earliest and most central campaign promises, Donald Trump will sign a set of executive orders that will enable construction of the border wall between the United States and Mexico and punish so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to enforce federal immigration laws.
Operating under the belief that illegal immigration has had a markedly negative impact on the American people, Trump’s administration sees the wall as the first step in a comprehensive set of immigration reforms that could have far-reaching ramifications.
In addition to the wall, Trump could soon tackle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which shields people who were illegally brought to the U.S. as children. He could also dismantle the program that allows Syrian refugees to entire the U.S. and enact a short-term ban on refugees from all countries.
As for sanctuary cities, the nation’s ten largest municipalities risk losing $2.27 billion in annual funds if they continue to hamper cooperation between local and federal law enforcement agencies by shielding illegal immigrants from deportation.
“The American people are no longer going to have to be forced to subsidize this disregard for our laws,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said.
Trump is expected to sign the orders on Wednesday, just one day before he travels to the congressional GOP retreat in Philadelphia on Thursday. The move is expected to help consolidate the at-times fractious party behind Trump.