What Donald Trump’s Executive Orders Mean for the Immigrant Community

By:  Oliver Ortega

With a few strokes of the pen, President Trump has begun his war on the immigrant community.

The new administration is following through on campaign promises to crack down on sanctuary cities, ban Muslim immigrants, and construct a wall on the southern border.

Immigrant activists and lawyers are going into overdrive, hoping to mount successful legal challenges and use public pressure to defeat Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.

Here’s a rundown of the situation:

Though Trump’s executive orders blocking refugees and immigrants with work permits at U.S. airports, as well as his threats to sanctuary cities and plans for a border wall got the most attention, legal experts and advocates tell The Progressive they’re particularly worried about a provision in the executive order released on January 25, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.” The policy, which doesn’t require Congressional funding or legislation, dramatically expands the targets for deportation.

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