Trump Immigration Executive Orders: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

One week into his presidency, Donald Trump signed a number of executive orders targeting immigration from Mexico and the Middle East.

On January 27, Trump used his executive power to sign new orders that increase the country’s policies regarding refugees and visas, CNBC reported.

The orders were intended “to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United Sates of America,” Trump said at The Pentagon following the orders. The executive order halts visa entry into the country from countries that are predominately Muslim.

Two days earlier on January 25, Trump focused on fighting illegal immigration from Mexico. He signed two executive orders that call for the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and increase border control forces by 5,000. They also boosted the amount of immigration officials who specialize in deportations by 10,000. Both of those were noted in the orders as being “subject to Congress’s appropriation of sufficient funds.”

CNN reported January 26 that Trump “floated the idea” of a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports to pay for the wall.

Trump told ABC News that the construction of a border wall “would begin in months” in an interview. He told ABC that the wall would require taxpayer funds, but vowed that Mexico would reimburse them “100 percent.”

All it is, is we’ll be reimbursed at a later date from whatever transaction we make from Mexico. I’m just telling you there will be a payment. It will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form. What I’m doing is good for the United States. It’s also going to be good for Mexico. We want to have a very stable, very solid Mexico.

Here’s what you need to know about Trump’s immigration executive orders:

1. The Orders Restrict Immigration From Several Middle Eastern & African Countries

The countries that will have immigration to the U.S. restricted due to the orders signed January 27 are Syria, Iraq, Iran Libya, Sudan, Yemen and Somali, Fox News reported.

Those orders call for an “extreme vetting” process for all immigrants and visitors to the country.

Trump explained the need for the orders with “tens of thousands” of refugees already taken in by the U.S. He said during a speech, “We know nothing about them. They can say they vetted them. They didn’t vet them, they have no papers. How can you vet somebody when you don’t know anything about them and they have no papers?”

Under his executive power, Trump can set the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. Most recently, former President Barack Obama accepted 84,995 refugees in 2016, 12,587 of whom were from Syria. During this year, Obama had set the mark at 110,000, Time reported.

Fox News heard from sources close to Trump that the president has “plans to cut that (110,000 refugee number) by more than half to 50,000.

2. Trump Has Signed Multiple Executive Orders Already

Trump has been taken much executive access during his first week of presidency.

On January 25, Trump focused on fighting illegal immigration from Mexico. He signed two executive orders that order the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and increase Border Patrol forces.

One day earlier on January 24, Trump signed executive orders that “make it easier for TransCanada to construct the Keystone XL pipeline and for Energy Transfer Partners to build the final uncompleted portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline,” NBC News reported.

Reuters reported that the orders would expedite the two pipeline projects.

Previously, Trump signed an order that eases the “regulatory burdens” of ObamaCare. The order tells agencies to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement” from the Affordable Care Act.

Trump also signed an order which put a hiring freeze on some federal workers and signed a notice withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. In addition, Trump reinstated the “Mexico City Policy,” which put a ban on federal money to international groups that perform abortions.

3. Trump Campaigned on a Temporary Ban of Muslims

Throughout his campaign for president, Trump said he would put a ban on Muslims entering the United States. In a December 7, 2016 statement, Trump said he was “calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

The statement cited Pew Research stats which stated there is “great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population.”

Previously, Trump had said he would “ban all Muslim travel to the United States,” CNN reported.

4. The Immigration Executive Orders Are Facing Legal Hurdles

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President Donald Trump signs a confirmation for John Kelly as US Secretary of Homeland Security in the Oval Office of the White House on January 20. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

If it’s determined that the executive orders discriminate against a religion, they could be considered unconstitutional, as the First Amendment of the Constitution forbids religious discrimination.

On the same day the orders were signed, The Council on American-Islamic Relations announced it would file a lawsuit on Trump’s ban on the Muslim refugees. CAIR’s national litigation director Lena Masri told The Independent it will file suit to “challenge the constitutionality of the order which very clearly is designed to target Muslims.

Reuters reported that Stephen Legomsky, a former chief counsel at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said that the executive orders are completely legal.

From a legal standpoint, it would be exactly within his legal rights. But from a policy standpoint it would be terrible idea because there is such an urgent humanitarian need right now for refugees.

However, as Reuters reported if all of the countries facing a ban from the U.S. are countries where the population is a majority Muslim, additional legal opponents may claim that the law is discriminating against the religion.

5. Sean Spicer Said Agencies Will Work on a Vetting Process

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks during a daily briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on January 23.  (Getty)

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks during a daily briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on January 23. (Getty)

Sean Spicer, the White House spokesman, told the media January 23 that “the State and Homeland Security departments would work on the vetting process” for immigrants once Rex Tillerson, Trump’s nominee for the State Department, is confirmed.

In August 2016, Trump had called for “extreme vetting” of would-be immigrants.

In a speech in Ohio last year on a campaign stop, Trump called for a screening test that’s designed specifically to keep out anyone who doesn’t share what he described as “American values.” He added that the test includes those that aren’t ready to “embrace a tolerant American society.”




The so-called civil rights groups are trying to claim that the constitution extends Beyond the United States borders !
And these groups have remain silent while Obama tryed to pass Trans Pacific partnership which would have strip the constitutional rights of all Americans.

Taron James

The MSM covered for Obama. They can not now walk back their yellow journalism and blind obedience to the D.C. establishment.
The Democrats & Lefties blindly allowed politicians to weaponize the Federal Govt and leverage it AGAINST its own citizens …. This can never be walked back.
It is too late for apologies.
You reap what you sow. The coming sh*t storm is going to destroy the enemy within.


Praise the Lord! I cried so many happy tears when Trump won the Presidency. He is proving so quickly to be a Heaven sent to us in just a few days solving so many of our nations major problems. I would be so happy if I could just say thank to President Trump in person. What a wonderful dream that would be for me. He is honestly the answer to all of Americas problems, every single one of them. Obama got America into such a horrific mess but I know President Trump will solve every single one of our problems Obama got us into and more. He will make America greater than we have ever been! We should all be on our knees thanking God for blessing us with such a great man to run our country as President Donald Trump. Thank you President Trump for being Americas greatest leader that we’ve ever had and needed so desperately.


Yes ! we know all about your name calling everyone’s a racist but Muslims and Democrats.


NONE of this will benefit you, Diana. It will not benefit any of us, nor the standing of the United States in the world. I wish you would tune into many news stations…. not just Fox. Please. The man is unstable.

Stex Gorkon

Why don’t you slip into something more comfortable, let’s say a coma! Libtards are more dangerous then any terrorists organization in the world including the Islamic State! People like you need to be eradicated immediately so you can’t spread your Neanderthal thinking to people with good moral values and common sense!

anni crofut

Hi. I am glad that you are happy. But do please know that these executive orders directly affect your neighbors and fellow Americans. I am a caucasian woman, married to a Muslim man from Indonesia. He has had his green card for 27 years and has been hard-workdin, has paid taxes and has been a law-Abiding resident of the United states all of this time. We have two sons. He is well loved by all in our community. He is fully assimilated and volunteers and is very generous in our community. And now we are looking at the possibility that he will not be able to go home to visit his family, and if he does, he may be rejected from returning to the US upon his return. In your exuberance….just beware of how this man who is a ‘great leader’ in your eyes will damage the lives of so many here at home.


anni crofut in 27 years why hasn’t your husband sought citizenship? wants the benefits but not the title, maybe something to do with taxes? nevertheless i dont think he has anything to worry about but then? i don’t feel sorry for people who refuse to be a citizen, i take it as a slap in the face.

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