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stop signOne month after federal judges blocked the President’s first immigration executive order, President Trump has issued a second order aimed at preventing the entry into the U.S. of foreign nationals from six Muslim-majority countries (down from seven countries banned in the first order).

While the main point of both executive orders remains the same – to exclude foreign nationals from specific countries from entering the U.S. – there are key differences between the first order and this second one.

Differences Between the Two Executive Orders

Most notably, this second immigration ban does not take effect immediately but instead will go live on March 16, 2017.  The immediate effect of the first travel ban was one of the grounds on which it was challenged in the courts because foreign nationals and immigration enforcement officers alike were unprepared for how to handle the first ban.

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visaWe are not even one month into the new administration, and already our worst fears are being realized as every day brings news of another signed or drafted executive order aimed at limiting immigration to the United States.  Below is a summary of the executive orders that President Trump has already signed or has drafted and is expected to sign in the next few days.

Construction of the Mexico-U.S. Border Wall

President Trump seems bound and determined to make good on his promise to “build a wall” along the Mexico-U.S. border, even if it means costing the American taxpayers more than $1 million per mile.  In addition to the construction of the wall, this executive order also demands an increase in the number of Border Patrol agents by at least 5,000 and calls for an additional 10,000 officers to be hired by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in order to assist in processing deportations.

The actual construction of the wall will likely not begin for several months, but the administration has promised that the logistical planning and budgeting will begin immediately.

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capitolAs everyone in the world learned on Wednesday, Mr. Donald Trump has been elected the next President of the United States.  In the next two months, President Obama will be transitioning power to the President-Elect, culminating with Mr. Trump’s inauguration in January 2017.  Mr. Trump has promised that his administration will hit the ground running to deliver on his campaign promises, including making significant changes to many aspects of immigration policy.  While it is hard to predict exactly which campaign promise Mr. Trump will decide to pursue first, the following 10 points have been published on his administration’s website, and they provide as good of an idea as any regarding the President-Elect’s immediate plans for immigration policy in the United States.

Building the Wall

Mr. Trump has made it abundantly clear that he intends to dramatically increase security efforts along our border with Mexico. While it remains to be seen whether the Mexican government will in fact finance such efforts, “building the wall” is listed as the first initiative on the President-Elect’s website.

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