President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a bill to provide emergency assistance to border states in the wake of a massive spike in deadly cross-border violence, which has claimed more than 3,600 lives and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.
The bill, which is named after an incident in which the US Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a suspected cartel member was fired for “negligent acts,” requires that the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) issue a proclamation on Wednesday directing states to increase assistance to their border communities.
The proclamation directs states to “take appropriate actions to secure the border, including expedited removal and release of detained criminal aliens and expedited immigration court proceedings, to reduce violent crime, and to assist in the development of border security technologies, including technology to identify and detain criminal aliens.”
It is unclear whether Trump will also issue a similar proclamation targeting sanctuary cities.
The president’s signing comes just a day after the White House announced that it would begin to “reform the way the federal government treats immigrants living in the United States illegally.”
Trump’s announcement was widely seen as a response to a report that the US had deported an additional 2.2 million undocumented immigrants in 2017, up nearly 2.3 million from the previous year.
In the wake in the aftermath of that report, Trump ordered a crackdown on immigration enforcement and promised a crackdown that he said would result in more people coming out of the shadows to come to the US.