Trump lays out 70 point Immigration Enforcement Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As congress all but gives up on Obamacare repeal and seeks to seal early cracks in the push for meaningful tax reform legislation, President Trump is pushing ahead with a comprehensive plan to combat illegal immigration. A border wall and a crackdown on self-designated sanctuary cities are among Trump’s enforcement plan.

According to the Washington Times, the plan is ambitious and will enable enforcement agencies to leverage all they can in the fight against illegal immigration.

“Determined to finally solve illegal immigration, the White House submitted a 70-point enforcement plan to Congress Sunday proposing the stiffest reforms ever offered by an administration — including a massive rewrite of the law in order to eliminate loopholes illegal immigrants have exploited to gain a foothold in the U.S.

The plans, seen by The Washington Times, include President Trump’s calls for a border wall, more deportation agents, a crackdown on sanctuary cities and stricter limits to chain migration — all issues the White House says need to be part of any bill Congress passes to legalize illegal immigrant “Dreamers” currently protected by the Obama-era deportation amnesty known as DACA.

But the plans break serious new ground on the legal front, giving federal agents more leeway to deny illegal immigrants at the border, to arrest and hold them when they’re spotted in the interior, and to deport them more speedily. The goal, the White House said, is to ensure major changes to border security, interior enforcement and the legal immigration system.

“Anything that is done addressing the status of DACA recipients needs to include these three reforms and solve these three problems,” a senior White House official told The Times. “If you don’t solve these problems then you’re not going to have a secure border, you’re not going to have a lawful immigration system and you’re not going to be able to protect American workers.”

The plan will expand enforcement powers of federal agents, giving border agents more discretion to deny entry, allow for the arrest and holding of illegal aliens caught within the country, and streamline the deportation process.

“Anything that is done addressing the status of DACA recipients needs to include these three reforms and solve these three problems,” a senior White House official told The Times. “If you don’t solve these problems then you’re not going to have a secure border, you’re not going to have a lawful immigration system and you’re not going to be able to protect American workers.”

All told, the list includes 27 different suggestions on border security, 39 improvements to interior enforcement and four major changes to the legal immigration system.

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