Trump’s major points during the speech related to the “dangers” of “illegal” immigrants. Canadian immigration and refugee lawyer, Zool Suleman, sees this as problematic.
“Trying to use refugees as bargaining chips for domestic politics is a dangerous thing. I think the President, as he knows, is starting to create problems for refugees, and I think that’s a mistake. ” – Zool Suleman, Canadian immigration and refugee lawyer
Trump’s desire to deny refugees access to the U.S. and strengthen security at the southern U.S. border is questionable under international law. Suleman compares it to Trump’s previous “Muslim ban”. Suleman says Trump was able to impose the Muslim ban because, in the U.S., the president has executive power if he declares a state of emergency.
“If the President is claiming that there is an emergency going on, then he does have some executive power to act on that emergency. The question, of course, is if there is an emergency. This would obviously be challenged in the courts… Trump does have some powers, could he use those powers? Perhaps. Would he be successful? Very hard to know.” – Zool Suleman, Canadian immigration and refugee lawyer
If Trump does use his executive power to close the southern border, Suleman thinks a legal scenario similar to the one that followed the Muslim ban could take place.
“When Trump first came in, he used his executive power to impose the Muslim ban… The courts fought back against that and there was a severe limitation of his power. So, the same drama could play out regarding his desire for the southern border. ” – Zool Suleman, Canadian immigration and refugee lawyer