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Four months into President Donald Trump’s administration, we have seen a wave of executive orders signed, and several U.S. companies are beginning to feel the effects of his immigration plan and policies on businesses. While federal courts have blocked some of his actions, including Trump’s efforts to temporarily restrict immigration from a handful of predominately Muslim countries, the president moved ahead with changes in domestic immigration policy.

On Jan. 25, the president issued an executive order outlining border security and immigration enforcement measures, which included directives to secure the southern border of the United States through the immediate construction of a physical wall, remove promptly those individuals whose legal claims to remain in the United States have been lawfully rejected after any appropriate civil or criminal sanctions have been imposed, and detain individuals apprehended on suspicion of violating federal or state law.

On that same day, President Trump signed an executive order to enhance the public safety of the interior United States, including a directive to suspend receipt of federal funds to those jurisdictions that failed to comply with U.S. immigration law. Weeks later, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly issued a memorandum directing the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to expeditiously hire 10,000 agents and officers in accordance with the president’s directives, and another memorandum directing the commissioner of Customs and Border Patrol to hire 5,000 additional agents and officers to ensure complete operational control of the border.

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