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Border Security under Trump – for Starters – This is just the beginning!

11 Things American Taxpayers Should Know About Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration


  1. The Executive Orders do not ban Muslim migration to the United States. They place a temporary moratorium on immigration by the nationals of seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
  2. There are 51 Muslim majority countries in the world. Forty-Four of those countries are entirely unaffected by the Executive Orders. There are scores of additional countries with sizable Muslim minorities and immigration from those countries is also unaffected by the Executive Orders.
  3. The list of seven countries was actually compiled by the Obama administration in 2011 in what it characterized as an effort to combat “the growing threat from foreign terrorist fighters.”
  4. Iran, Sudan, and Syria are all on the U.S. Department of State’s list of designated “State Sponsors of Terrorism.”
  5. Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are all listed as failed or failing states on the Fund for Peace’s Fragile States Index 2016.
  6. All seven countries on the list are unwilling or unable to provide the information necessary to properly vet applicants who wish to immigrate to the United States.
  7. 8 U.S.C. § 1182(f) grants the President statutory authorization to prohibit the entry of any aliens or class of aliens into the United States if he has deemed their entrance to be detrimental to the interests of the United States.
  8. 8 U.S.C. § 1182(f) is a statutory reflection of the Supreme Court’s holding in Nishimura Ekiu v. United States, 142 U.S. 651 (1892) which held that:  “It is an accepted maxim of international law that every sovereign nation has the power, as inherent in sovereignty, and essential to self-preservation, to forbid the entrance of foreigners within its dominions, or to admit them only in such cases and upon such conditions as it may see fit to prescribe.”
  9. The Executive Orders merely state that the Trump administration will adhere to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as written; and direct the Department of Homeland Security to exercises authorities that have part of the INA since before World War II.
  10. Democratic President Jimmy Carter exercised the same authority to impose a temporary moratorium on migration from Iran during the Iranian revolution.
  11.  8 U.S.C. § 1152, which has been touted by the mainstream media as making it illegal to  deny a visa on the basis of an applicant’s nationality has absolutely nothing to do with the President’s executive power to determine whether the admission of any aliens or classes of aliens may  be detrimental to the interests of the United States. Rather, it prohibits Department of State personnel from unilaterally deciding to, for example, grant all qualifying Frenchmen visas ahead of Spaniards, or all qualifying Hutus ahead of Tutsis – because the Constitution gives Congress the power to determine numerical limitations on available visas for individual foreign states.

Obama marketed DACA to keep high school valedictorians, gifted students, and other high achieving young people in the United State; since when is a 36 years old a High School student?

Sixty-Four Percent of DACA Applicants Past High-School Age



On June 15, 2012, then President Barak Obama rolled out a program called Deferred Action for Children of Aliens (DACA). The Obama administration marketed DACA as a way to keep high school valedictorians, gifted students, and other high achieving young people in the United States. However, the demographic data on DACA applicants belies those claims. Most applicants were adults at the time they enrolled in the DACA program.
DACA accepts applications from qualifying illegal aliens who were 31 years old or younger on June 15, 2012. That means 36 year olds will be able to apply in 2017, provided they were 16 or under when they arrived in the United States.  Clearly this was not a program aimed at protecting children from deportation.
In 2013, the Brookings Institution submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requesting statistics on the age of DACA applicants. The results are detailed below, based on 557,412 DACA applications filed from August 15, 2012, to June 30, 2013.
Of all DACA applications submitted during that period, 74.5 percent were approved and 1 percent were denied. The remaining 24.5 percent were still being processed when the FOIA data was obtained. In terms of demographics, 75 percent of applicants were from Mexico, with an additional 17 percent coming from other places in Central and South America.

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