An immigration reform activist says President-elect Donald Trump can move quickly to change course on the immigration front as soon as he takes office.
Much has been said of the promises Trump has made to quickly scrap President Barack Obama's executive orders once he takes office next month. While in office Obama has issued several executive orders related to border enforcement that have aided and abetted illegal immigrants seeking to remain in the United States.
Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, hopes the president-elect will put a halt to Obama's catch-and-release policy.
"[That's] where people turn themselves into the Border Patrol, they get processed and released with a notice to appear that they have no intention of honoring. That [policy] can be ended by the [incoming] administration," he says.
Furthermore, Mehlman adds that Trump has already pledged to end another Obama executive order policy.
"President-elect Trump has said that he is going to do away with President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy," the FAIR spokesman notes. "That [declaration] sent a message to people that if you come to the United States illegally as a minor, claiming to be a minor, or if you have children in tow, that you are going to be released and that we're eventually going to allow you to stay."
Mehlman says other problematic immigration policies like sanctuary cities and birthright citizenship are going to require congressional action.