What Do President Trump's Executive Orders on Immigration Mean?

Within one week of becoming President, Trump issued three executive orders on immigration.  Executive orders are a President’s statements on how federal agencies should do their jobs. On February 20, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued two memos that implement and provide more details on the executive orders. These executive orders and memos call for a massive increase in the militarization of the border and the criminalization and over policing of immigrant communities across the country.  Use this site to learn about your rights and how to protect yourself and your family.


Specifically, the Executive Orders and DHS Memos:

  • Expand the number of individuals who are priorities for deportation, eliminating previous guidelines on priorities for deportation (except they DO NOT eliminate DACA) and restricting prosecutorial discretion. The new priorities outlined in the memos are so broad that anyone who is undocumented could be at risk.
  • Expand the use of expedited removal (allowing certain people who are undocumented to be deported without the opportunity to appear before an immigration judge) to apply to anyone - apprehended anywhere in the US - who cannot demonstrate that they have been in the country for at least two years.
  • Expand the number of people in detention, limit the use of parole, and significantly increase the number of detention beds and facilities.
  • Call for state and local police to have more power to enforce immigration law, including bringing back the “Secure Communities” program and directing ICE and border patrol to enter into more 287g agreements with local and state law enforcement.
  • Order the hiring of more immigration and border patrol agents.
  • Threaten crucial protections for asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors.
  • Take away privacy protections from individuals who are not US citizens or permanent residents.
  • Order the planning, design, and construction of a wall along the southern border.
  • Temporarily suspend the US refugee program. 
  • Ban immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.