Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements

As with the other executive order signed January 25, 2017, this one deals with illegal immigration. In this case it focuses exclusively on the southern border of the United States.

The whole order is fundamentally an authorization to build a wall (defined as: “…a contiguous, physical wall or other similarly secure, contiguous, and impassable physical barrier.”) on the southern border and to manage the elements that go with that. It also authorizes building of detention facilities near the southern border, and item I have not seen in new reports about this order.

Significant components include assignment of asylum officers to handle review of detainees, immigration judges to review asylum requests, and hiring of 5,000 additional border patrol agents.

Nothing in this order is surprising, because it was such a high profile issue in the campaign. Unlike the other order issued on this date, I do not see any obvious abuse of authority or otherwise alarming elements. That does not mean there are none, nor does it mean I believe this action is necessary or prudent use of Federal funds.

I find it particularly interesting that all the references to the funding for compliance with this order are to appropriations by Congress. Absolutely nothing is said about reimbursement from Mexico.

Executive order signed and posted January 25, 2017



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