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What Trump's Executive Orders on Immigration Mean for Cities

A wall using taxpayer money, revival of a draconian policy of policing immigrants, and punishments for “sanctuary cities” have widespread implications.
President Trump summarizes his executive orders on immigration at the Department of Homeland Security headquarters in Washington D.C., with Vice President Mike Pence (on the left) and DHS head General John Kelly (to his right).
President Trump summarizes his executive orders on immigration at the Department of Homeland Security headquarters in Washington D.C., with Vice President Mike Pence (on the left) and DHS head General John Kelly (to his right).Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS

In two fresh executive orders on Wednesday, President Donald Trump cracked down on illegal immigration, as promised during his election campaign. He signed off on building a border wall, ramping up policing of immigrants, and punishing the so-called “sanctuary cities.” These policies, which immigrants’ rights groups call “immoral,” will have widespread economic, legal, and demographic implications for U.S. cities.

At a town hall at the Department of Homeland Security’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., the president announced that he’d given a green light to the “immediate construction” of a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, which he said is “badly needed.” “Starting today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders,” Trump said.