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Examining Trump’s executive actions on border wall and immigration

by AirTalk®

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A U.S. flag put up by activists who oppose illegal immigration flies near the US-Mexico border fence in an area where they search for border crossers October 8, 2006 near Campo, California. David McNew/Getty Images

President Donald Trump signed two executive orders in keeping with campaign promises to boost border security and crack down on immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

The executive orders jumpstart construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall, one of his signature campaign promises, and strip funding for so-called “sanctuary cities,” like Los Angeles. He wants local law enforcement to provide more cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

If California cities refuse, how much might it cost them? Building a wall is a multi-billion-dollar project, with huge physical, legal, and funding challenges. We examine the possibility and efficacy of such a proposal.


Ted Hesson, immigration reporter for POLITICO Pro; he tweets @tedhesson

Néstor Rodriguez, professor of sociology at the University of Texas-Austin

Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)

Jennie Pasquarella, director of immigrants’ rights for the ACLU of California and staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California

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