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Trump on Immigration Orders: US 'Gets Back Its Borders'

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By    |   Wednesday, 25 Jan 2017 04:58 PM

President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that with the signing of executive orders at the Department of Homeland Security, "the United States of America gets back its borders."

"We are going to restore the rule of law in the United States," Trump told agency employees in Washington after signing orders to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico and to defund sanctuary cities, among other measures. "A nation without borders is not a nation.

"We're in the middle of a crisis on our Southern border," he continued. "The unprecedented surge of illegal migrants from Central America is harming both Mexico and the United States.

"I believe the steps we will take starting right now will improve the safety in both of our countries.

"Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control its borders, gets back its borders," Trump said.

The actions authorize construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall, one of Trump's key campaign promises, and stop funding for sanctuary cities, which do not arrest or detain illegal immigrants for deportation.

Others actions include ending the "catch-and-release" at the border, where some illegals were given notices to later report back to immigration officials, and requiring countries to take back criminals who have been convicted in U.S. courts; moving to defund sanctuary cities.

In addition, the orders permit Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers to remove illegals deemed a threat to public safety and increase the number of border patrol agents by 5,000, while tripling the number of ICE officers.

The additional hires would require congressional approval.

"You guys are about to be very, very busy doing your job the way you want to do them," Trump said to the employees, which included ICE members and border patrol personnel.

President Trump signed the orders after honoring the agency's newly confirmed secretary, retired Gen. John Kelly, whom he described as "our new and brilliant leader."

He said that Kelly and his staff would "begin immediate construction of a border wall.

"So badly needed," Trump said. "Very badly needed."

Congress must approve funding for the 2,000-mile structure, which is expected to cost billions of dollars.

The president emphasized how the wall and his other actions would benefit Mexico.

"This will also help Mexico by deterring illegal immigration from Central America and disrupting violent cartel networks," Trump said of the wall. "We are going to get the bad ones out — the criminals and the drug dealers and the gangs and the gang members and the cartel leaders.

"The day is over when they can stay in our country and wreak havoc," he added. "We are going to get them out — and we are going to get them out fast."

Overall, President Trump vowed that "we will be working in partnership with our friends in Mexico to improve safety and economic opportunity on both sides of the border.

"I have deep admiration for the people of Mexico," he said, noting that he will be meeting with President Enrique Pena Nieto, at the end of the month.

The countries will work to end drug smuggling and illegal flows of cash from drug sales from the United States into Mexico.

"We're going to save lives on both sides of the border," Trump said.

"We also understand that a strong and healthy economy in Mexico is very good for the United States," he added. "I think our relationship with Mexico is going to get better."

Trump's orders also created a Homeland Security office dedicated to providing support to victims of crimes by illegals.

"When it comes to public safety, there is no place for politics," the president said.

"For years, the media has largely ignored the stories of Americans and lawful residents victimized by open borders," he added. "To all of those hurting out there, I repeat to you these words: 'We hear you. We see you — and you will never, ever be ignored again."

He introduced several members of the Remembrance Project, those who lost family members to illegal immigrant violence. Members appeared at several Trump rallies during the campaign.

"First, these families lost their loved ones," the president said. "Then, they endured a system that ignored them while at the same time constantly rewarding those who broke the law.

"For these families, it's been one injustice after another — but that all turns around beginning today."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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