On Wednesday Donald Trump began a major crackdown on immigrants, including signing two executive orders for the construction of his promised wall on the US-Mexico border, increasing border patrol forces and immigration enforcement officers who carry out deportations, stripping sanctuary cities of federal grant funding and introducing new criteria that could prioritize many more undocumented immigrants for deportation.
Trump’s executive actions provoked Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to cancel a meeting with Trump previously scheduled for next week and caused the deepest diplomatic rift with Mexico in decades.
At home, Trump’s actions also alarmed immigrant activists dedicated to protecting the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., but also refugees from Syria and the Middle East who will now be barred from entry into America.
Trump’s border wall push came despite a decline in undocumented immigrants since 2009, despite a hefty price tag of $12-15 billion (according to Sen. Mitch McConnell) and despite that fact that Trump’s proposal to use a 20% tax on Mexican imports to make Mexico foot the bill for the wall would actually require U.S. corporations to pay that 20% tax and then pass the cost on to their consumers, the American people.
Although Trump’s executive orders caused his immigration reform to circumvent Congress, Congress nevertheless must pass legislature to fund the wall project.
Our Utah Rep. Chris Stewart just so happens to sit on the House Committee in charge of allocating the funds for the wall and is particularly engaged on this issue.
CALL TO ACTION
- Call Chris Stewart’s Utah office TODAY at 801-364-5550 and ask Rep. Stewart to oppose any legislation to fund the border wall.