Today as promised President Trump signed executive order to begin building the border wall with Mexico and target sanctuary cities. President Trump has made headlines about the wall since he was a candidate in the Republican primary.
“We’ve been talking about this from the beginning,” Trump said, as he signed the border measure during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security.
“Ultimately it will come out of what’s happening with Mexico,” Trump told ABC News in a separate interview, adding construction could begin in a matter of months.
Here is the interview with ABC News:
Fox News reports a section of the second executive order will restore the program “Secure Communities” which is directed by the State Department.
Another order is aimed at helping federal immigration agents crack down on illegal immigration, by restoring the so-called Secure Communities program, directing the State Department to use its leverage to ensure illegal immigrant criminals are taken back by their country of origin – and moving to strip federal grant money to sanctuary states and cities that “harbor” illegal immigrants.
The latter move is sure to trigger a backlash from the hundreds of jurisdictions that have such policies in place. But critics have blasted those policies in the wake of violent crimes committed by illegal immigrants who were effectively protected from deportation by local jurisdictions.
A government source said these measures are likely to include the temporary suspension of visas from problem countries like Iraq, Syria, Sudan and Libya — and could seek a reduction in the number of refugees admitted to the U.S.
It has been a busy week for President Trump, he has signed several executive orders taking aim at the Obama legacy. Whether you like President Trump or not so far he has laid the groundwork to fulfill his campaign promises.