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What is Donald Trump's immigration plan?

It's no secret that president-elect Donald Trump wants to take an aggressive stance on illegal immigration. For example, he has proposed building a wall on the southern border that he says would make it difficult for people to enter the country illegally.

But his tough proposals on immigration don't stop there. Here are more policies that he has promised to fight for during his presidency:

  • Ending President Obama's executive actions -- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) -- which protect hundreds of thousands of immigrants who entered the country illegally and remain in the U.S.
  • Deporting undocumented immigrants who have been convicted of crimes. 
  • Putting an end to "sanctuary cities," which are cities with processes in place that shield immigrants who are in the country illegally.
  • Detaining and deporting anyone who is caught trying to cross the border illegally. Currently, the policy is to catch these individuals and let them go.
  • Suspending visas to people who live in countries where he feels "adequate screening cannot occur."

Will he be able to achieve all of this?

A professor of immigration law practice at Cornell Law School recently told PolitiFact that Trump will be able to achieve some proposals -- like ending President Obama's DACA and DAPA orders -- but other proposals will require Congress taking action to change current law.

What should those with immigration issues do now?

Anyone facing an immigration issue should seek help from an immigration lawyer right away in effort to get the matter taken care of before Trump becomes president in January. Undoubtedly, immigration policy is friendlier now that it will be during his upcoming presidency.

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