Wed, Jan. 25, 2017: Trump visits Dept. of Homeland Security, announces ban on immigration from Muslim countries, orders building of border wall

President Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, left, and Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, pauses while speaking at the Homeland Security Department in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Trump on Wednesday began a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigration, ordering the immediate construction of a border wall with Mexico and aggressive efforts to find and deport unauthorized immigrants. He planned additional actions to cut back on legal immigration, including barring Syrian refugees from entering the United States.

At the headquarters of the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Trump signed a pair of executive orders that paved the way for a border wall and called for a newly expanded force to sweep up immigrants who are in the country illegally. He revived programs that allow the federal government to work with local and state law enforcement agencies to arrest and detain unauthorized immigrants with criminal records and to share information to help track and deport them.

He also planned to clamp down on legal immigration in another action expected as early as Thursday. An eight-page draft of that executive order, obtained by The New York Times, would indefinitely block Syrian refugees from entering the United States and bar all refugees from the rest of the world for at least 120 days. Continue reading “Wed, Jan. 25, 2017: Trump visits Dept. of Homeland Security, announces ban on immigration from Muslim countries, orders building of border wall”

Wed, Jan. 25, 2017: Trump announces White House compliance team

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced the compliance team that will work under the White House Counsel.

Stefan C. Passantino will be deputy assistant to the president and deputy counsel to the president, according to a press release from the White House.

Uttam Dhillon, Scott Gast and James D. Schultz will each service as special assistants and associate counsel to Trump.

“The appointment of a team of this caliber reflects the importance of ethics compliance to the President and this administration,” said White House Counsel Don McGahn in a statement.

–The Hill

Wed, Jan. 25, 2017: Trump promises ‘major investigation’ into alleged voter fraud

Mr. Trump doubled down Wednesday on his assertion that millions of illegal immigrants gave Hillary Clinton her 2.8 million-ballot victory in the popular vote, saying he would order a “major investigation” and tighten voting controls.

Wed, Jan. 25, 2017: Trump orders construction of border wall, takes other actions on immigration

President Donald Trump on Wednesday will start to reshape US immigration enforcement policies via executive order, taking his first steps toward fulfilling some of the most contentious pledges that defined his campaign.

Trump will hurl federal officials into the task of building a wall on the US-Mexico border, call for boosting border patrol forces and look to increase deportations of undocumented immigrants by signing two executive orders during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security, the agency that would implement those actions, a source familiar with the plan told CNN.

The executive orders will also seek to end sanctuary cities and the practice of releasing undocumented immigrants detained by federal officials before trial.

–CNN