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.
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