Trump’s new executive order: ‘You are not welcome here’
The president’s order directing the Department of Homeland Security to deport immigrants who have entered the United States illegally and those who have been in the country for at least 90 days has prompted protests from immigrants’ groups, businesses and local governments.
The new policy, announced in the Oval Office on Thursday, gives local police the authority to detain immigrants suspected of being in the United State illegally and deport them to their home country if they are charged with a crime or have a criminal history.
“We’re not here to deport people,” said one person who spoke on condition of anonymity.
“We’re here to secure the border.”
But for many, the new policies are a welcome change.
The Trump administration says it is taking steps to protect the American people from a terrorist threat and keep America safe from a violent crime wave.
The Department of Justice and the FBI are reviewing the order, DHS said in a statement.
“These new actions are the result of months of work between law enforcement, DHS, ICE, and other federal agencies to ensure that immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally are not being subject to deportation, and are not victims of violent crime.”