President Trump is expected to take action on his promise to limit the number of potential extremists coming into the country by signing an executive order on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.
The executive order is likely to restrict access to the United States for most refugees and stop visas from being issued to residents of countries with ties to anti-American terrorism, such as Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, according to inside sources.
Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
Citing congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter, Reuters reported that Trump plans to sign orders at the Department of Homeland Security and are likely to include a multi-month ban on admissions from all countries until the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security can increase the intensity of the vetting process.
Former Obama chief counsel at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Stephen Legomsky, said the president has the authority to limit refugee admissions and the issuance of visas to specific countries if it is determined to be in the public’s interest.
“From a legal standpoint, it would be exactly within his legal rights,” said Legomsky “But from a policy standpoint, it would be a terrible idea because there is such an urgent humanitarian need right now for refugees.”
On the campaign trail, Trump famously promised to make numerous changes to the immigration system, including restricting entry and implementing “extreme vetting” of Muslim immigrants. Trump, has since clarified his statements by saying that he would focus the restrictions on countries whose migrants could pose a threat, not by placing a ban on people who follow a specific religion.
Sources additionally say that Trump is also considering measures to tighten border security and that security measures could include directing the construction of the border wall with Mexico this week as well as a crackdown on sanctuary cities where local officials refuse to cooperate with federal immigration laws.