Stopping illegal immigration and deporting illegals who are already here, especially those who have committed crimes, has been a primary focus of Donald Trump from day one. In fact, his famous “border wall” with Mexico has generated a lot of heat on both sides of the issue.
One thing Donald Trump does not do is equivocate. He forms his opinions and then takes action. This runs contrary to the established Washington approach to problems and issues which is to appoint committees and focus groups that consume copious amounts of time and money, often with little to show in the way of results. No doubt Washington must be horrified with the impending arrival of Mr. Trump.
Back to the immigration issue. Signs are emanating from the Trump team that indicate he is going to address that issue promptly on his arrival in the White House. In fact, recent news gives us a glimpse of what he’s up to.
Reuters is reporting that, “In a wide-ranging request for documents and analysis, President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security last month to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction.”
That’s no small indication of what Mr. Trump has his team already working on. The report continues: “The requests were made in a Dec. 5 meeting between Trump’s transition team and Department of Homeland Security officials, according to an internal agency memo reviewed by Reuters. The document offers a glimpse into the president-elect’s strategy for securing the U.S. borders and reversing polices put in place by the Obama administration.”
His border wall/fence is one part of Mr. Trump’s plan: “U.S. Customs and Border Protection staffers identified more than 400 miles along the U.S.-Mexico border, and about the same distance along the U.S.-Canada border, where new fencing could be erected, according to a document seen by Reuters.” Clearly, the U.S.-Mexico border is Mr. Trump’s focus, not our border with Canada.
Also very telling is the fact that, “The transition team also asked for copies of every executive order and directive sent to immigration agents since Obama took office in 2009, according to the memo summarizing the meeting.” It doesn’t take much thought to know where that’s headed.
Donald Trump will start his presidency with the proverbial full plate. Some of that is of his own making – such as this focus on illegal immigration and other issues that the president-elect has identified as priorities.
Unfortunately, he will also have to deal with problems created by a vindictive predecessor who has been spending his last few weeks making trouble for Mr. Trump. Thankfully, for all his bluster against Russia, at least our Nobel Peace Prize winning soon-to-be ex-president has not started a war with that country.
There should be no doubt that Mr. Trump can and will deal with the road bumps that will be the parting gift from his predecessor. Not only is that encouraging, but so is the fact that the Oval Office will have a new occupant in the form of Donald Trump in just over two weeks.