Sanctuary cities after President Trump’s moves on immigration and wall.
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised hard, sweeping changes in American immigration policy. Yesterday, President Trump began to deliver. Ordering immediate construction of a wall facing Mexico. Beginning a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigrants. Blocking refugees. Threatening sanctuary cities with a cutoff in federal funds. This hour in our On Point 100-Day Spotlight on the new administration, the Trump immigration squeeze, and how sanctuary cities will respond. — Tom Ashbrook
Avideh Moussavian, policy attorney at the National Immigration Law Center, where she is focused on sanctuary policies. Former board treasurer for Families for Freedom, an anti-deportation community organizing network. (@AvidehNILC)
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Los Angeles Times: Trump orders moves on border wall and 'sanctuary cities' and is considering a refugee ban — "President Trump directed federal workers Wednesday to start building a border wall and begin punishing so-called sanctuary cities and is considering dramatically limiting the flow of people from other countries, including a ban on Syrian refugees, in a flurry of steps that could fundamentally reshape how the U.S. deals with immigration, security and the war on terrorism.
Washington Post: Draft executive order would begin ‘extreme vetting’ of immigrants and visitors to the U.S. — "The Trump administration plans to start vetting would-be immigrants and visitors to the United States based partly on their opinions and ideology, and will immediately cease the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States, according to a draft executive order leaked Wednesday to civil rights advocates and obtained by the Washington Post."
POLITICO: Trump signs orders on border wall, immigration crackdown — "President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a sweeping set of immigration-related executive actions jumpstarting a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, cracking down on sanctuary cities, and directing significant resources toward swifter deportations for undocumented immigrants currently in the country."
U.S. Sanctuary Cities
Caller Elizabeth: "I Feel Threatened."
"I am an undocumented student. I'm calling because I'm listening to all these arguments and stuff, and it's great, but at the same time a lot of people are focusing on how this tax is gonna come, how it's going to affect in a political way, economically. But people are not also focusing on the psychological trauma that it's going to bring families. In my case, I'm undocumented, my mom is undocumented, but my sister is a US citizen. But I have DACA. My fear is, what's going to happen to me? I'm going to have to go back to my country? My mom is going to have to go back to my country? I feel threatened, I haven't been able to sleep, and I don't know what's going to happen and what's going to happen to my family. But I deserve to be here in this country. This is my home." -- Elizabeth from Quincy, MA
This program aired on January 26, 2017.