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Trump: 'We are going to restore the rule of law

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President Donald Trump speaks at Homeland Security Department in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Donald Trump says the U.S. will once again begin to "restore the rule of law."

Speaking Wednesday at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C., Trump ordered federal employees to enforce the laws as they are currently written.

"This is a law enforcement agency. But for too long your officers and agents haven't been allowed to properly do their jobs. But that's all about to change," Trump told DHS officials. "From here on out, I'm asking all of you to enforce the laws of the United States of America."

"They will be enforced and enforced strongly," Trump said.

The president added that people are "surprised" to hear that the U.S. does not need new laws, but just for the current ones to be enforced.

"We will work within the existing system and framework. We are going to restore the rule of law in the United States," Trump said.

Later, Trump referenced the two executive orders he had signed just moments before he started speaking, one of which orders the construction of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico and the other, which directs federal law enforcement agencies to "employ all lawful means" to enforce existing immigration laws and make so-called "sanctuary cities" ineligible to receive federal grants.

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