Trump Signs Executive Orders To “Begin Immediate Construction Of Border Wall”, Immigration Enforcement

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Trump Signs Executive Orders To "Begin Immediate Construction Of Border Wall", Immigration Enforcement

Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

President Trump on Wednesday signed directives to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and crack down on U.S. cities that shield illegal immigrants, proceeding quickly on sweeping and divisive plans to curb immigration and boost national security.

As Reuters summarized, the Republican president is also expected to take steps in the coming days to limit legal immigration, including executive orders restricting refugees and blocking the issuing of visas to people from several Muslim-majority Middle Eastern and North African countries including Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Yemen.

Trump signed two executive orders at the Department of Homeland Security, one ordering construction of a wall along the roughly 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) U.S.-Mexico border and the other moving to strip federal grant money from “sanctuary” states and cities, often governed by Democrats, that harbor illegal immigrants. In cities such as San Francisco local officials, often Democrats, refuse to cooperate with federal authorities on actions against illegal immigrants.

“The American people are no longer going to have to be forced to subsidize this disregard for our laws,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said.

In an interview with ABC News on Wednesday, Trump said construction on the wall would start within months, with planning starting immediately, and that Mexico would pay back to the United States “100 percent” of the costs. Mexican officials have said they will not pay for the wall.

During a White House briefing, Spicer referred to the wall as “a large physical barrier on the southern border.”  “Building this barrier is more than just a campaign promise, it’s a common sense first step to really securing our porous border,” Spicer added. “This will stem the flow of drugs, crime, illegal immigration into the United States,” he said. Trump has long said that he will make Mexico pay for the wall.

“We’ll be reimbursed at a later date from whatever transaction we make from Mexico,” Trump told ABC on Wednesday. “I’m just telling you there will be a payment. It will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form. What I’m doing is good for the United States. It’s also going to be good for Mexico. We want to have a very stable, very solid Mexico.”

Trump’s announcement prompted an immediate outcry from immigrant advocates who said Trump was jeopardizing the rights and freedoms of millions of people. The border wall is about political theater at the expense of civil liberties,” said Christian Ramirez, director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition immigrant advocacy group.

“It is not national security policy. Border communities are among the safest in the nation and patrolling them with tens of thousands of heavily armed, poorly trained, unaccountable agents puts lives at risks. This will turn these communities into de facto military zones,” Ramirez said.

Trump made cracking down on illegal immigration a key element of his presidential campaign, with supporters often chanting “Build the wall,” during his rallies.

The cost, nature and extent of the wall remain unclear. Trump last year put the cost at “probably $8 billion,” although other estimates are higher, and said the wall would span 1,000 miles (1,600 km)

because of the terrain of the border.

Many Democrats have opposed the plan and could try to thwart any legislation to pay for the construction in the U.S. Congress, although Republicans control both the Senate and House of Representatives.

Trump’s actions could fundamentally change the American stance on immigration, as well as further testing relations with Mexico. Many Americans view their country with pride as “a nation of immigrants,” and President John Kennedy wrote a book with that title more than half a century ago. But Trump successfully tapped into resentment toward the roughly 11 million illegal immigrants already in the United States and said during the campaign he would deport them all.

Trump, who in announcing his presidential bid in June 2015 accused Mexico of sending rapists and criminals into the United States, has also threatened to slap hefty taxes on companies that produce in Mexico for the U.S. market and to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the Mexico, Canada and the United States. Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto are due to meet next week.

Asked about Trump’s wall, Republican U.S. Senator John McCain said a physical barrier is not enough to secure the border and called for the additional use of observation towers, drones and other technology. “Walls can be easily breached,” McCain, whose home state of Arizona borders Mexico, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program.

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  • PZIVJ1943

    Trump is a man of action, not just words. This I respect. The liberals may be very upset. This may be an interesting year in Senate and congress (some feathers may fly)!
    Though I do not agree with getting rid of NAFTA, sounds to isolationist to me.

    • VGA

      Canada’s new liberal government is no ally of the US, I hope a better set of trade deals is made with them, no more free rides.

      • PZIVJ1943

        Read that the US and Canadian border is the largest free trade zone in the WORLD!
        This should not be messed with. Trade wars hurt both parties. If it’s not broke, why try to fix it ???

        • VGA

          It may be in the interests of USA to get more money from taxes etc. I am not an economist heh.

  • hvaiallverden

    I must confess, my ignorance and partial blindness, where Hope was the rod that blocked my vision, and now its been removed.
    Trump is an sham.
    Period.

    I know now, that Trump is just another Syriza styled scam, all thoe He was the only option apart from Hitlary we have been given something much worse, much, much worse.

    The man is an lair and is doing things that makes me wounder, since some of it, is downright an continuation of Reganomics, and anyone whom have this and the rotten scam called M. Thatcher as heroes, is an full blown idiot.
    The little we are been feed, supports this, and so far, He is an full blown ZioNazi bitch, as all of them always have been, Trump is in-fact much worse, and His crawling in-front of the Tribe says it all, just another Wankee whom likes to slaughter anyone they dont like, and blames them for everything, while the sickos chrushes everything in sight.
    Trump is going to escalate everything, because He wants to nuke Iran, they all want war.
    The Trump isnt anything other than the ZioNazis newest attempt to alter the strategy to new areas since Syria is going down, Obamalama was the same, an chance to change the tactics and strategy.

    He is pushing China as we speak.
    And so on.

    I know we have been fooled, like Syria, I hoped they at-least do something about the still horrible economic situation the Greeks are in, but nothing, absolutely nothing good came of it this political scammers, and Trump is the same.
    I dont personally care anymore, but the seriousness of what is to come is not good at all.
    Torture is OK, yup.
    Indefinite detentions, yup,
    Illegal wars and killing people with drones, yup.
    And of course they are all terrorists, just ask Trump.
    Israel is God chosenites, and Palestinians just an mass of meat in the way (oil and gas in Gaza and Golan) and can just be wiped out, just ask Trump after soon an decade of blockaded this scumbag stopped help to the Palestinian people.
    Actions tells me more than words.
    Trump is the final nail in the genocide and ethnic cleanisng of an people whom have lost everything from before, Trump is one stink SOB.

    And so on.

    Why bother to comment at all.
    Everybody, incl Russia is crawling, spineless hideous rotten creeps crawling in-front of the Tribe.
    Drooling like well trained dogs.

    Hrumf.

    peace

  • AndresMX

    Ha! Only the stupid Peña would try to meet with that clown.