By Alex Isenstadt and Burgess Everett
January 24, 2017
President Donald Trump plans to issue several executive actions on immigration on Wednesday, including one on sanctuary cities and one on a border wall with Mexico, according to a senior administration official.
One of the actions expected to be taken will be an executive order to direct federal funds toward the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
A second one, initially reported by Reuters, will specify a temporary ban on most refugees and a suspension of visas for people from Syria and six other Middle East countries.
Three Republican senators said that they expect imminent action from the Trump administration and said the timing — though not the details — were discussed at a party lunch on Tuesday.
"My understanding is he'll have some announcements tomorrow on immigration enforcement,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). “I would expect action on enforcement sooner than later.”
Two other senators confirmed that Trump would make a series of immigration announcements soon, some concerning border security and enforcement. They said guidance they have received from the administration has been vague.
Family members of people killed by immigrants in the United States illegally have been invited to participate in an executive order ceremony, according to one person familiar with the event's planning.
Trump made his hard-line stance on immigration from Mexico and from countries with large Muslim populations a centerpiece of his campaign. He has promised to build a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and to combat terrorism by applying “extreme vetting” to immigrants from countries known to foster what he calls “radical Islam.”
Trump has been rolling out a series of executive actions since taking office Friday, including on Obamacare, abortion funding, federal hiring, and the Keystone and Dakota Access oil pipelines.
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