The Republican real estate mogul initially proposed barring all Muslims from entering the U.S., citing security concerns. He later shifted his focus on restricting access from “terror-prone” countries.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported extensively on the southwest border in 2013, illuminating the connections between that region and Georgia and the desperate and sometimes deadly cat and mouse game that happens in South Texas.
Refugee resettlement agencies on Tuesday were bracing for Trump's announcements. They often highlight how refugees are fleeing deprivation and violence in their native countries and ultimately pay taxes and even create businesses when they come to the U.S.
“We hope that President Trump continues to uphold our nation’s longstanding tradition of being a refuge to the world’s most persecuted people,” said J.D. McCrary, executive director of Atlanta’s International Rescue Committee, a refugee resettlement agency.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration is indicating it is not prepared to do anything immediately about an Obama administration program that is temporarily shielding more than 700,000 young immigrants from deportation. Thousands of people living in the U.S. have been accepted into the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, so far. During his campaign, Trump vowed to cancel that program.
“His priority is first and foremost focused on people who pose a threat to people in our country — to criminals, frankly,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Tuesday. “And that is where he wants (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to focus their efforts. With respect to DACA, I think he is continuing to make sure his cabinet-level team starts to organize and create a plan to move forward with respect to that issue.”