Toronto - Newly elected U.S. President Trump is expected to sign several executive orders on Wednesday regarding the construction of the US-Mexico wall and a ban on Muslims from so-called “terror prone” countries.
Toronto – Newly elected U.S. President Trump is expected to sign several executive orders on Wednesday regarding the construction of the US-Mexico wall and a ban on Muslims from so-called “terror prone” countries.
Considering them matters of national security for the new administration, Trump was expected to signed several executive orders on Wednesday, designed to eliminate illegal immigration from Mexico and curtail the flow of Muslim refugees and immigrants into the U.S.
Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to give a preview of his Wednesday activities; “Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!”
Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
Unlike the executive orders which were signed in the Oval Office on Monday and Tuesday, the order for the wall will be signed at the office for the Department of Homeland Security.
While campaigning, Trump had spoken of using “extreme vetting” for refugees from countries such as Syria, where the threat of terrorism is considered to be widespread. He also pledged “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
Hearing this statement, Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, was prompted to comment, “To think that Trump’s first 100 days are going to be marked by this very shameful shutting of our doors to everybody who is seeking refuge in this country is very concerning.”
Under the Obama administration, the number of refugees allowed admission to the U.S. was increased to 85,000 with 10,000 of these spaces designated for refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria. Under Trump’s proposed ban, no one will be granted refugee status or visas from countries including Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
The bans are expected to be temporary but just how long the bans will remain in place is not yet known. They are, however, expected to last at least several months to give time to determine how to improve better vetting techniques.