New Delhi: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed directives to order the construction of a Mexican border wall to curb immigration and boost national security. The decision also includes cutting down on the number of migrants who can resettle in the US.
“A nation without borders is not a nation. Starting today, the US gets back control of its borders,” said Trump after signing the orders. This action will “improve safety in both US and Mexico,” Trump added.
Earlier on Tuesday, Trump hinted about the Mexico border wall move on micro blogging site Twitter, saying “Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!”
Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
Trump’s executive order would also include plans to repair fencing along the border between the US and Mexico.
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Trump throughout his election campaign had stressed on building the wall along the Mexican border and asserted that the cost for the wall will be financed by Mexico.
As your President, I have no higher duty than to protect the lives of the American people. pic.twitter.com/o7YNUNwb8f
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017
The Government Accountability Office has estimated that it could cost $6.5 million per mile to build a single-layer fence, and an additional $4.2 million per mile for roads and more fencing, according to congressional officials.
The move comes when Washington is preparing to host Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto, later at the end of the month.