President Trump promised to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. Last week he signed an executive order to do just that. To do list—check. Trump also promised to build a wall between Texas and Mexico, a wall that is now in the works. So what about Trump’s promise to deport millions of undocumented immigrants now living in the United States? Believe it or not, the deportation has already begun. Along with the ban of all Muslims, Trump blanketed all South Americans as “criminals” in an effort to speed up the removal of illegal immigrants residing in the US. The order states, “Many aliens who illegally enter the United States and those who overstay or otherwise violate the terms of their visas present a significant threat to national security and public safety. This is especially true for aliens who engage in criminal conduct in the United States.”
The order also substantially increases the power of the Border Patrol, boosting the deportation force. Combined with increasing the total number of officers, the rule also prioritizes certain illegal immigrants as prime targets for expulsion. Trump told the employees of Homeland Security, “Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders.” In addition to beefing up security, Trump has abolished the “catch and release” policy of Obama, forcing immediate processing of illegal immigrants and deportation.
Millions of people living in America are fearful of Trump’s most recent act as President. Not only for those loved ones who may be affected but also the bottom line of what this action means for America as a country. Protesters continue to swarm city halls, come together, and speak out against yet another one of Trump’s big ideas of change.