President Donald Trump will begin rolling out executive actions on immigration today, Wednesday, beginning with steps to tighten border security – including his proposed wall along the US-Mexico border.
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’.
The president posted a tweet on Tuesday evening signaling that major announcements were in the offing. Trump wrote…
The new Trump directives are expected to block all visas from Syria (bottom right), Iraq (top right), Iran (bottom left), Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
The one exception is religious minorities fleeing persecution – which would apply to Christians fleeing Syria and other Muslim majority countries, according to several congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter.
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.