Democrats spent much of the weekend blasting President Trump for his executive orders designed to secure our borders. A federal judge issued an order to ensure that immigrants will not be deported due to the new travel ban. Protestors showed up at major airports. And Democratic lawmakers have asked to have meetings with the new Director of Homeland Security as they seek clarification on the executive orders.
Trump signed several executive orders last week regarding border security. The first ordered the wall to be built at the US-Mexico border. Trump has long asserted that Mexico will pay for the wall. Almost immediately after taking office, Trump said he would not wait to secure our border until negotiations were completed with Mexico. Instead, he said the wall would be built and that Mexico will still pay for it. This could be through the use of additional trade tariffs.
The second executive order halted immigration to the US until a review of the vetting process can be completed. Seven predominately Muslim countries will face tougher scrutiny and a longer ban due to their sponsorship of terrorism.
While many in the media and Hollywood celebrities blasted the president for his actions over the weekend The Washington Examiner reported Saturday that border agents are happy with Trump’s moves. A joint statement was issued by the National Border Patrol Council and the National ICE Council.
“Morale amongst our agents and officers has increased exponentially,” the statement read. “The men and women of ICE and Border Patrol will work tirelessly to keep criminals, terrorists, and public safety threats out of this country, which remains the number one target in the world – and President Trump’s actions now empower us to fulfill this life-saving mission, and it will indeed save thousands of lives and billions of dollars.”
Critics of Trump’s actions have called it racist and have said that such a ban permanently harms individuals trying to reach the US. They also argue that the actions have damaged America’s standing internationally. Supporters of the executive actions call Trump’s move swift and decisive. They point out that the ban is temporary and is only designed to ensure that we have an effective vetting policy rather than a permanent ban on anyone based on their religion or country of origin.
Here’s Border Patrol Union president Brandon Judd speaking with Fox Business Network’s Stuart Varney about Trump’s plans for the border:
Source: Washington Examiner