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Executive Orders on Immigration

YWCA Tulsa Statement on January 25th Executive Orders

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Yesterday, President Trump announced two Executive Orders on immigration enforcement. These policies call for further militarizing the southern border and for interfering with local communities’ efforts to create welcoming climates for all their residents, including immigrants and refugees. Both actions reinforce a divisive policy toward newcomers to the United States, create a climate of fear and hostility toward them, and threaten both fundamental core American values and the economy. An analysis of these policies provided by AILA is below.

We anticipate more executive orders impacting newcomers to our community in the coming days, even as early as tomorrow. The provisions in the forthcoming orders have not been finalized, so no one knows what they may contain – but early drafts indicate more policies that will be harmful to immigrant sand refugees. We will monitor these developments closely and share information as we verify them.

Key Provisions of the January 26th Executive Orders

Download more information on the facts about sanctuary cities and the costs of enforcement-only immigration policies.

Border Wall

President Trump's Executive Order mandates that a large physical barrier on southern border is built, claiming "one way or another Mexico will pay for it."

Increased Detention

President Trump's Executive Order would create more detention space along the southern border, make easier cheaper to detain and return, and end "catch and release."

Sanctuary Cities

President Trump has pledged to end sanctuary cities by penalizing residents through blocked federal funding.