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Trump illegal immigration crackdown to affect mountain cities, lawyer says

President Donald Trump's executive orders regarding sanctuary cities and immigration may affect people close to home.

The Trump administration announced a new warning to cities protecting illegal immigrants — they risk losing federal funding.

News 13 reported in August 2015 that there are not any known sanctuary cities in North Carolina, according to The Center for Immigration Studies.

Ben Snyder, an immigration attorney, said Section 5 on page 2 of Trump’s executive order would be more relevant to illegal immigrants in North Carolina.

According to Snyder, Section 5 states an illegal immigrant could be deported after being charged with a crime, as opposed to waiting for a conviction.

But, Snyder said, that does not mean every charged illegal immigrant would be deported.

"Those who have been here for a long time, 10 years or more, may have close family ties to a United States citizen, spouses or children or parents, they may qualify for relief from deportation,” Snyder said.

Snyder said it is a scary time for many illegal immigrants.

"(There’s) a lot of fear… a lot of uncertainty," he said.

Local conservative activist Carl Mumpower said Trump administration changes to immigration may lead to more security in the United States.

"I think the average person is tickled to death that he (Trump is) trying to honor his word,” Mumpower said. “Most folks aren't against immigration. They're against breaking and entering in the form of illegal immigration."

Regardless of the lack of sanctuary cities in some states, Mumpower said all the new executive orders would send a message to everyone.

"It says there's a new game in town, a new sheriff in town that's going to treat the idea of border sanctity seriously,” Mumpower said.

Trump may also sign an executive order restricting immigrants and refugees coming into the United States, according to an Associated Press report, which could include cutting half the number of total refugees allowed in Fiscal Year 2017.

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