President Donald Trump signed two executive orders Wednesday aimed at tightening immigration policy and border security. Along with expanding tools for repatriating illegal immigrants, the executive orders call for withholding federal funds for sanctuary cities and the construction of a physical wall along the southern border.
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"Building this barrier is more than just a campaign promise. It's a common sense first step to really securing our porous border," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said during a press conference on Wednesday. "This will stem the flow of drugs, crime, illegal immigration into the United States."
The executive action will include directing funds to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall, ending the catch and release program, increasing the number of Border Patrol agents and clamping down on sanctuary cities.
During an interview on the FOX Business Network’s Varney & Co., syndicated talk show host Dana Loesch said President Trump is following through on his campaign promises effectively by transforming the nation’s immigration system.
“His whole entire campaign was built on immigration policy,” she said. “His campaign was kick started by promising to build this wall… just on the southern border right there.”
The border between the U.S. and Mexico stretches more than 1,900 miles and spans across four states: California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
Loesch said border agents in her resident state of Texas are looking forward to the construction of a wall because they have been dealing with limited resources for far too long.
“I’ve been literally right there at the banks of the river Rio [Grande], where just hours earlier the last time I was there, there were drug cartels that were trying to fire up on our border agents,” she said.
The host of the “The Dana Show" said she also looks forward to the Trump administration ending the “catch and release” policy, which prevents Border Patrol agents from arresting and deporting new illegal immigrants.
“We have to be able to do some things to the interior as well as putting up the wall,” Loesch told host Stuart Varney.