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Despite 2 Immigration Executive Orders, Trump says DREAMers 'shouldn't be Very worried'

By MBJ Staff
During his first week in office, President Donald Trump has signed a couple of executive actions regarding immigration and sanctuary cities. However, despite his crackdown on immigration, he said during interview broadcast on ABC News on Wednesday that DREAMers "shouldn't be worried."

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Trump: DREAMers "Shouldn't Be Very Worried"

Despite signing two executive actions (which I'll outline below) and an ongoing DACA renewal delay, Trump said that undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, commonaly referred to as "DREAMers," should not be worried about deportation.

"They shouldn't be very worried," Trump said in an interview broadcast on ABC News on Wednesday.

"I do have a big heart. We're going to take care of everybody," Trump said, adding: "Where you have great people that are here that have done a good job, they should be far less worried."

"We'll be coming out with policy on that over the next period of four weeks," he added.

Key Points in Trump's Two Immigration Executive Orders 

On Wednesday, Trump signed two executive orders on immigration which addressed his campaign promises of building a wall along the south border and significantly stepping up deportations and immigration enforcement.

"Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders," Trump told employees of the Department of Homeland Security at the department's headquarters in Washington, where he signed the orders.
 
Here's a look at the important pieces of the actions signed Wednesday:
 

• Building A Wall Along the Southern Border

The measure instructs the homeland security secretary to take "steps to immediately plan, design, and construct a physical wall along the southern border," in order to "achieve complete operational control of the southern border."
 
The executive order also includes instructions to figure out funding, including what federal money sources exist now and what the administration will need to request in congressional appropriations later.
 

• Increase in Deportation Force

Both orders also sought to increase immigration enforcement agencies in terms of staffing.
 
The first order instructed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to hire 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents. The second order focused on domestic security and seeks an increase of 10,000 immigration officers.
 

• Increase in Deportation Centers

The order on border security signals there could be significant efforts detain more undocumented immigrants if they're caught illegally crossing the border, or if they're currently in deportation proceedings.
 
Wednesday's order directs the secretary of homeland security to "allocate all legally available resources to immediately construct ... facilities to detain aliens at or near the land border with Mexico."
 

• End 'catch and release'

Another element of the orders is ending what Trump refers to as "catch and release," in essence guaranteeing that immigrants who can be removed from the country are continuously detained and not let free based on humanitarian concerns.
 
A provision in the executive actions orders the homeland security secretary to ensure that laws which grant individuals asylum or parole based on humanitarian concerns are not "exploited" to block deportations.
 

• Cut Federal Funding for Sanctuary Cities

Trump's "interior" security order aims to cut federal funding for so-called sanctuary cities -- cities, states and other jurisdictions that have various policies in place to shield undocumented immigrants from federal law enforcement.
 
The order will "strip federal grant money from the sanctuary states and cities that harbor illegal immigrants," according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer in his daily briefing.
 
The order declares that entities labeled as sanctuary cities, or "sanctuary jurisdictions," by the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security will be "not eligible" for federal grants.