Yes, Trump will have broad power to crack down on immigration

by Alan Gomez | USA TODAY  |  published on November 15, 2016

President Trump

So how big will Donald Trump’s wall really be?

The wall along the southwest border with Mexico was one of the president-elect’s signature campaign promises, as he railed against illegal immigration and vowed to seal the borders against criminals, terrorists and millions of people trying to enter the United States legally. Now, immigration experts are trying to figure out exactly how those policies will work in a Trump administration.

And so far, it looks like he will be able to follow through on many of his pledges — with or without help from Congress.

“Generally speaking, any president has wide discretion when it comes to enforcing our immigration laws because immigration touches on national sovereignty,” said Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor at Cornell Law School and author of a 21-volume treatise, Immigration Law and Procedure.

The first, and possibly easiest, change Trump can make is redirecting the Department of Homeland Security to ramp up deportations. At the beginning of the campaign, Trump said all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country must go. In the closing months, he talked more about deporting immigrants with criminal records — “bad hombres” — and opened the possibility of finding a way for some to remain in the country.

  • Timothy Thompson

    Since Obama took lissence to ignore the constitution, bill of rights and congress he set a high bar for his taking power and controlling almost every facet of government. Seems Trump following suit is going to be fun to watch since conservative principles that Trump believes in can straighten out what Obama did to stop our economies growth and putting up barriers to energy independence that America can excel in. We can stop our enemies by moving full speed ahead in manufacturing all forms of energy, coal, natural gas, fossil fuels along with solar and windmills. Not just allowing the last two to be prioritized but all forms equally given an opportunity to prosper and grow. Trump will move to do that and that alone should show that our economy will grow and prosper in the next 8 years if he is reelected.

  • Karll

    If he actually builds the wall, increases border security and
    deports the worst criminals of the bunch, we’ll be infinitely better
    off than if the corrupt sow was elected.

    • bobnstuff

      I did suppose you looked at Clinton’s plans for dealing with immigration? Other then the wall they sure look like what Trump is planning to do. Here is the funny thing, it wasn’t the Democrats that were blocking the securing of our borders but the Republicans that have been fighting it.

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  • bobnstuff

    The Great Wall of Trump will never be built. He might get a new fence if he is lucky. Even he understands that much. There is a number problem here, in fact several. Republicans don’t have 60 seats in the Senate. ICE doesn’t have enough money or people to do the job. Those illegals that he can find and deport, the ones protected by the EO, aren’t the ones he says he is going after first and the ones he has targeted aren’t easy to get. The big word here is MONEY. With out the money from congress he is no better the Obama was. As far as his beautiful wall, if you would like to see what it would look like check out the one in San Diego. It is everything Trump wants but there is only one minor problem with it. It doesn’t work!

    • Elaine

      You underestimate Donald Trump. And, sorry to tell you, but your beloved Harry Reid pushed through the nuclear option, which means a simple majority vote in the Senate, and not the previous 60 votes. And, also sorry to tell you, but Trump will make sure that ICE has all the resources needed … not to mention, Obama’s EOs are about to be given the proper kiss-off. Previously, if ICE didn’t have the funding they needed, it’s because Obama didn’t want them to have it.

      • bobnstuff

        The Filibuster still works plus any senator can still put a hold on any bill. The Democrats have been blocking the Republicans for the last two years.

        Trump can’t spend a dime with out the Congress, not one of his powers. Even if Trump ends Obama’s EO’s on immigration there isn’t enough man power to do anything. Plus the present law say many have to have a hearing before they can be sent home. There is a 60 week backlog right now for those hearings. Obama asked the congress for funding for ICE but congress said no. Obama asked for more judges for immigration hearings but the Congress said no. Obama asked for more border guards but the Congress said no. The Senate passed a immigration reform bill but the Republicans in the house didn’t even look at it. It’s not Obama that has been fighting immigration reform and deportations but the Republicans. Lets see how Trump makes out with a congress that couldn’t pass a bill to leave a burning building.

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