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.
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."
The U.S. is experiencing the lowest level of illegal border crossings in four decades.
The southern border is more secure now than it has ever been. In the past decade, spending on Border Patrol agents, infrastructure and surveillance technologies has skyrocketed, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has deployed unprecedented amounts of personnel, resources, and technology to the nation's borders: in 2014, Customs and Border Protection had nearly 21,000 Border Patrol agents, more than a 500% increase from 1992.
Building this unnecessary wall comes with a major price tag: a government assessment found that even single-layer pedestrian fencing could cost approximately $6.5 million per mile. In addition, millions would have to be spent on roads and maintenance.
President Trump's plan to build an expensive border fence reminiscent of the Berlin Wall is the wrong approach. America needs a better immigration system, not a bigger fence.
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."
DHS has already dramatically increased the use of detention and rapid removal procedures against those arriving at our borders, even as these methods have undermined fundamental due process protections and deprived legitimate asylum seekers of protection. These practices have increased the number of people removed from the U.S. by nearly 50% in the past decade, from 280,974 in 2006 to 414,481 in 2014 (the last year for which data is available).
People from the Northern Triangle are fleeing horrific, systemic violence and are seeking a safe haven in the U.S. Asylum-seekers are escaping violence, high homicide rates, gangs, and the inability of their home states - including Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador - to protect them.
Detaining people fleeing violence is inhumane - it can further traumatize men, women, and children who have already survived persecution in their home countries.
We cannot betray American's proud tradition of welcoming those who are fleeing persecution by curtailing fundamental due processes.
President Trump has pledged to end sanctuary cities by penalizing residents through blocked federal funding.
This throws us backward in time to costly enforcement-only strategies that incite fear and undermine public safety. If the President's plan is to divide the nation, this announcement will allow him to accomplish his agenda in unprecedented ways.
If President Trump's plan results in forcing localities to violate immigration and constitutional law by threatening a loss of funding, the localities that comply will be subjected to a storm of lawsuits.
When immigrants come to view their local police and sheriffs with distrust because they fear deportation, it encourages criminals to prey upon victims and witnesses alike. Victims of domestic and other violence choose to suffer in silence rather than seek assistance, key witnesses of crime refuse to come forward out of fear that they themselves will be treated as a criminal, and a climate of fear grips entire neighborhoods.
President Trump's plan will interfere and harm progress local law enforcement and mayors have made with their cities. His plan will penalize cities and localities for their pragmatic, rational choices of how to best make and keep their city/locality safe.