First Executive Orders on Immigration Sow Fear and Betray Universal Principle of Protection

On Wednesday, the new President signed two executive orders related to immigration. Advocates have also seen draft orders that have been published in the press but which have not been signed by the President. And, the President has made a number of alarming statements regarding immigrants and immigration which demand clarification. In this post we offer our dedicated supporters our best understanding of the signed orders, draft orders, and public statements.

The executive orders raise countless constitutional question and are full of just plain logistical and budgetary problems. They also make claims that lack basis in fact, or rely on biases or assumptions that have been thoroughly debunked. Not surprisingly, it will take some time to interpret them. But while everything is sorted out by the agencies, in Congress, and most assuredly in the courts, the orders will likely have the effect of sowing fear among immigrants as well as individuals whose friends and relatives are undocumented.

The Young Center, through its staff, volunteers, donors, and supporters, remains committed to ensuring decisions about immigration policy—which have a far reaching impact on the safety of children, both immigrant and non-immigrant—are based on fact and reflect the American value of caring for, protecting and treasuring children. That they do not turn on stereotypes, bias, or ignorance. That immigrant children are recognized first as children. And that no decisions should be made about children that do not consider their best interests—their safety and well-being, informed by their wishes. Stay tuned for more updates and links to critical resources.

Executive Order Related to Sanctuary Communities (signed January 25, 2017):

Executive Order Related to Border Security (signed January 25, 2017)

Draft Executive Order Related to Refugees and Muslim Immigrants: (still unsigned):

Draft Executive Order on DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Administration’s Claims of Voter Fraud by Immigrants: The Administration continues to propagate an entirely unsubstantiated claim that fraudulent voting by immigrants led to the President’s loss in the popular election. There is no basis for this allegation and the administration has made no effort to provide one. Academics and journalists have demonstrated that voter fraud is nearly non-existent, and courts—including the 4th and 5th Circuits—agree. (Those studies, reports and cases are identified and summarized here: https://www.brennancenter.org/analysis/debunking-voter-fraud-myth). Rather, vote suppression and discrimination against voters are much greater threats to democracy than fraudulent voting.

On Friday, February 10th, at 2:00 EST the Young Center will host a webinar—we will update you on the impact of the recent Executive Orders, what it all means, the Young Center’s next steps and let you know what you can do. If you would like to join the webinar, please register here.