Trump Plans To Get Even Tougher On Illegal Immigration

Jason Hopkins | Immigration and politics reporter

President Donald Trump is preparing to roll out new executive orders to help the government better manage the record influx of illegal immigration at the southern border.

The White House is looking to make it more difficult for low-skilled migrants to gain entry into the U.S. while making it easier for high-skilled migrants who are more likely to be self-sufficient, according to sources who spoke with Axios. The administration also wants to make it harder for asylum seekers to claim fear of returning to their home country, and it wants the ability to detain migrant children longer than the current 20-day limit.

The proposed changes come after Trump ousted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and pulled Ron Vitiello’s nomination to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The president was frustrated with Nielsen’s handling of the immigration crisis at the southern border, and he told reporters he nixed Vitiello’s nomination because he wants to go in a “tougher direction.”

“[Vitiello is] a good man,” the president told reporters on Friday. “But we’re going in a tougher direction. We want to go in a tougher direction.”

Other immigration overhauls are also under consideration.

The president’s aides have reportedly expressed interest in ending birthright citizenship, deploying more troops at the U.S.-Mexico border, expediting wall construction, and closing ports of entry along the border. Senior administration officials claimed to the New York Times that Trump has also expressed interest repeatedly in restarting family separation.

TOPSHOT - A group of Central American migrants -mostly from Honduras- get over a fence as they try to reach the US-Mexico border near the El Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico, on November 25, 2018. - US officials closed the San Ysidro crossing point in southern California on Sunday after hundreds of migrants, part of the "caravan" condemned by President Donald Trump, tried to breach a fence from Tijuana, authorities announced. (Photo by Pedro PARDO / AFP) (Photo credit should read PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)

TOPSHOT – A group of Central American migrants -mostly from Honduras- get over a fence as they try to reach the US-Mexico border near the El Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico, on November 25, 2018. – US officials closed the San Ysidro crossing point in southern California on Sunday after hundreds of migrants, part of the “caravan” condemned by President Donald Trump, tried to breach a fence from Tijuana, authorities announced. (Photo by Pedro PARDO / AFP) (Photo credit should read PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump, under intense scrutiny from progressive groups, ended family separation in June 2018. A revamped version of this policy reportedly being discussed in the White House is known as “binary choice.” The proposal would give illegal migrant parents a choice: voluntarily allow their kids to be separated from them, or waive their protections so they can be detained together. (RELATED: Who Is Kevin McAleenan, The Upcoming Leader Of Homeland Security?)

All of these policy proposals are expected to face intense challenges in the courtroom — a place where the administration’s immigration agenda recently faced a setback.

A federal judge in San Francisco temporarily blocked Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” directive, a policy that mandates asylum seekers to wait in Mexico as their claims run through the immigration court system. However, the ruling is on hold for only several days and is subject to change.

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