President Trump gives go ahead for the mexico wall.
President Donald Trump signed two executive orders at the Department of Homeland Security that will begin construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border and strip funding for sanctuary cities.
The first order is to “build a large physical barrier on the southern border,” press secretary Sean Spicer said. “This will stem the flow of drugs, crime, illegal immigration into the United States and, yes, one way or another as the president has said before, Mexico will pay for it.”
Construction of the wall will begin in months, Trump told ABC News in an interview. He insisted that Mexico would reimburse the US “100 percent.”
“All it is, is we’ll be reimbursed at a later date from whatever transaction we make from Mexico,” he told ABC. “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.”
The order will “create more detention agreements along the southern border to make it easier and cheaper to detain” people, “and return them to their country of origin, “Spicer added during his daily press conference.
The order will also end “the catch and release policy,” Spicer said, adding, “we’ll prioritize the prosecution and deportation of illegal immigrants who have otherwise violated our laws.”
The second executive order will focus on “enhancing public safety in the interior of the United States,” Spicer said — such as stripping funds from sanctuary cities.
“The State Department will withhold visas and use other tools to make sure countries accept and return the criminals that came from their country,” he added, saying “we’re going to strip federal grant money” from “states and cities that harbor illegal immigrants.”