In a stunning reversal of his previous position, President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced that he would no longer prioritize the return of illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
In a press conference, Trump reiterated his commitment to the border wall that he promised during his campaign, but he did so with a new focus on sanctuary communities.
“The president has been unequivocal that his policy on immigration will include all of our states, counties and cities, but that it will also include our jurisdictions that harbor illegal aliens, including sanctuary cities,” Trump said.
“As president, I am determined to end sanctuary cities and put in place a comprehensive immigration reform that ensures that all Americans can continue to feel safe and secure in their communities.”
Under Trump’s plan, the U!s Department of Homeland Security would be tasked with enforcing the new rules and implementing new policies that would allow for the return to the country of illegal aliens who have been deported or who have not yet been convicted of a crime.
He also announced that the Justice Department would begin to enforce the rules.
But in a statement, he said, “While the President has made it clear that he will not prioritize illegal aliens brought to our country as children, I will not support the use of the Department of Justice to take away the protections that protect our communities and our citizens from the violence, crime and abuse that they continue to face.”
Immigration lawyers who support sanctuary policies are disappointed by the president’s move.
According to the American Immigration Lawyers Association, sanctuary cities are the most restrictive places to live in the country and the least likely to provide legal representation to undocumented immigrants who are facing deportation.
The group argues that this has led to an increase in the number of immigrants who flee to the cities as the government’s policies have become increasingly hostile.
The Trump administration also announced the creation of a task force to address illegal immigration, which will include a number of representatives from the Department to advise the president on immigration issues.
Trump has said that the task force will also investigate sanctuary cities.
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