USA: Trump expected to sign anti-immigration executive orders today

(NYDAILYNEWS) President Trump is expected to start sign executive orders on immigration on Wednesday, according to reports.

He is expected to sign orders both restricting access to the United States for most refugees and stopping visas being issued to residents of Muslim countries Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, Reuters reported Tuesday evening.

The Associated Press reported that the refugee restrictions are slated for later in the week, and cited two unnamed officials saying that Wednesday’s orders would deal with his proposed wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Both the wall and restrictions on those coming from Muslim countries were long hallmarks of Trump’s campaign, with the President promising quick action on them once in office.

In late 2015, Trump said that he would propose a complete ban on Muslims entering the United States, though he later walked back the comments and said that there would be a focus on “extreme vetting.”

Above, migrants and refugees off the Libyan coast panic as they fall in the water during a rescue operation. (ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

The President would be within his rights to restrict the number of refugees and visas to specific countries, said immigration lawyer Stephen Legomsky, who worked as counsel for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for the Obama administration.

The George W. Bush administration temporarily halted the refugee processing system after Sept. 11, and restarted it after several months.

“Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!” Trump posted on Twitter Tuesday evening.

There are already 700 miles of fencing along the border stemming from a 2006 law signed by Bush, and the current administration may rely on that law for its own additions.

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