President Donald Trump is expected to sign several executive orders that will include a temporary ban on most refugees and a suspension of visas for citizens of Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries, according to a Reuters report. The report cited unnamed congressional aides and immigration experts.
The president is expected to put a multi-month ban into place to forbid refugees' admission to the United States unless they are fleeing religious persecution. The ban will continue, according to the report, until the federal government has a better method of clearing applicants.
Another order will block visas being issued to anyone from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
Trump is also considering other measures in an effort to improve security along America's southern border, including the building of a border wall that he insists Mexico will pay for. He may also order other actions to reduce the number of illegal immigrants reaching the United States. In other actions, he may address the issue of so-called "sanctuary" cities that refuse to assist federal immigration officials in seeking to detain wanted aliens.
Trump is expected to sign at least one of the orders at the headquarters of the Department of Homeland Security, which overseas both immigration, customs, and border security. During the campaign, Trump proposed a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, which he said would protect Americans from Muslim terrorist attacks. This evening, the president tweeted that a "big day" is to be expected and that "we will build the wall!"
Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017