Today, the President gave a speech at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding the new Secretary of Homeland Security and his administration’s agenda to strengthen the southern border going forward.
The first major point made was that we would not be expanding or creating laws. Rather, we would enforce the ones we already have, and work within the existing system. The President also stressed that the DHS is a law enforcement agency, and that the laws of the US “will be enforced strongly.”
Trump then recognized Brandon Judd and Chris Grant, the President of National Border Patrol Council and President of National ICE Council respectively, telling them “you will be very, very busy doing your job the way you wanna do them.”
We are all very used to hearing Trump argue for border security for the sake of American security. Today, in an unexpected but pleasant twist, he called for unity between America and Mexico, stating that our new plan will improve safety in both of our nations, which will be “very, very good for Mexico.”
He went on to acknowledge that Mexico itself is also plagued with a surge of illegal immigrants from Central America, and we would work together to solve the problem in both nations. President Trump also assured the nation that he will be meeting with President Nieto of Mexico very soon.
Everything Trump went on to outline in his speech was part of the plan for securing the border which he has begun in his first week in office with executive orders.
Among the most notable things on the agenda, he has ordered the Sec. of DHS General John Kelly to begin construction of a border wall, add 5,000 more Border Patrol officers, triple the number of ICE officers, and end Catch-and-Release policies at the border. A special office of DHS will also be created to support victims of crime committed by illegal immigrants.
The President then went on to recognize several family members of men and women who have fallen victim to such crime. Afterwards, he reassured them of a promise in his inaugural address: “We hear you, we see you, you will be forgotten no more.”
Meanwhile in Congress, there is a bipartisan movement to work with the President to crack down illegal immigration. Two bills, H.R. 82 and H.R. 83, were both introduced on the third of this month.
The first bill introduced by Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX-36) will “prohibit financial assistance to a foreign country that refuses or unreasonably delays the acceptance of an alien who: (1) is a citizen, subject, national, or resident of such country; and (2) has received a final order of removal from the United States.”.
The latter bill, H.R. 83 was introduced by Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA-11) and will “prohibit a state or local government from receiving federal financial assistance for a minimum of one year if it restricts or prohibits a government entity or official from: (1) sending to or receiving from the responsible federal immigration agency information regarding an individual’s citizenship or immigration status, or (2) maintaining or exchanging information about an individual’s status.”
These bills may seem redundant or unnecessary if you know that Pres. Trump just signed two executive orders doing exactly what these bills will do, but it is actually great timing and very necessary that the Republicans pass these bills into law if they want to cement the President’s agenda permanently.
Trump’s executive orders will work of course, but they can be easily undone by future administrations, he knows this and that’s why the EO’s are merely a temporary solution used to get the ball rolling quickly. However, if Congress passes these two bills they will be legally enforceable, and as President Trump told us today, the law of the United States of America will be enforced.