- By Maggie Ramones
Trump sets into action his plans to build a 2k mile wall between the USA and Mexico
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With official federal quotes at $6.5m/mile of single layer fencing Trump’s hopes of building a solid wall across the 2k mile border with Mexico for $6.5b are looking severely dashed.
However, Donald Trump has said a “big day” is planned on national security, including an announcement to build a wall on the border between the USA and Mexico.
The new and controversial US president is expected to sign several executive orders regarding immigration and border security over the next few days.
They are likely to include the “extreme vetting” of people coming from seval predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa.
Namely: Sudan, Syria, Somalia, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Iran, Bosnia & Palestine.
This would restrict refugee, aid and humanitarian access.
Mr Trump tweeted: “Big day planned on national security tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!”
Trump has said many times that he intends to take the costs of building the Mexico Wall from the Mexican government.
Mexico’s president and senior officials have said that they will not pay for the wall, despite Mr Trump’s campaign pledge to force them, in a move that would be illegal.
Trump has also announced that there will also be measures that force so-called sanctuary cities in the USA to co-operate with the authorities on deporting illegal immigrants.
“Sanctuary cities” are places that don’t arrest or detain immigrants living in the country illegally.
Later this week, Mr Trump is expected to announce immigration restrictions for seven to nine African and Middle Eastern countries.
He is also likely to halt access to the country for Muslim refugees until the vetting process can be made more rigorous.
Trita Parsi, from the National Iranian American Council, said: “Donald Trump is making good on the most shameful and discriminatory promises he made on the campaign trail.”
“He called for a Muslim ban and is now taking the first steps to implement one. This will not stand. The American people are better than this.”
Several EU countries are reportedly picking up the slack after Trump pulled funding for maternity health care in developing nations.
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