Donald Trump is set to launch his immigration crackdown with an order enabling construction of his Mexican border wall. The President is expected to sign several executive orders on Wednesday addressing one of his central campaign messages - that illegal immigration to the US is out of control and threatening the country’s security. As well as taking the first steps towards building what may eventually be a 2,000-mile barrier stretching across the southern US, Mr Trump is also expected to target so-called ‘sanctuary cities’, where local officials refuse to hand over illegal immigrants for deportation.
Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!
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Mr Trump would need to get approval from Congress for any new funding for the wall - with costs estimated at £5.2m ($6.5m) per mile for a single-layer fence by the Government Accountability Office. The billionaire property tycoon said during his campaign and subsequently that Mexico would pay for the wall - a suggestion the country’s leaders have repeatedly rejected.