After focusing on business and getting Americans back to work, President Trump’s focus turned to immigration Wednesday, an important topic to agriculture because of the need for migrant workers.
The president signed two executive orders on Wednesday to back his campaign promises to boost border security and crack down on immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.
The executive orders jumpstart construction of a border wall. His order also strips funding for sanctuary cities, which don’t arrest or detain illegal immigrants.
It seems Trump is moving at lightning pace, signing 12 executive actions since taking the position less than a week ago.
Jim Wiesemeyer of Informa Economics say this aggressive first week is something he hasn’t seen in his 40 years in Washington D.C. Trump’s stance on trade policy, according to Wiesemeyer, is key for agriculture.
“Even though all during the campaign he [said] he would withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership, he said he would prefer bilateral [agreements],” said Wiesemeyer. “He said he wants to renegotiate NAFTA, and that has brought anxiety to U.S. agriculture circles.”