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Trump Orders Building Of Mexico Border Wall, Targets ‘Sanctuary’ Cities

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump signed directives on Wednesday to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border and strip funding from cities that shield illegal immigrants as he charged ahead with sweeping and divisive plans to transform how the United States deals with immigration and national security.

The Republican president is expected to take additional steps in the coming days to limit legal immigration, including executive orders restricting refugees and blocking the issuing of visas to people from several Muslim-majority Middle Eastern and North African countries including Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Libya, and Yemen.

The intent of those proposals is to head off Islamist violence in the United States, although critics have said it soils America’s reputation as a welcoming place for immigrants of all stripes.

Trump signed two executive orders, directing the construction of a wall along the roughly 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) U.S.-Mexico border, moving to peel away federal grant money from “sanctuary” states and cities that harbor illegal immigrants, and beefing up the force of immigration agents.

“We are in the middle of a crisis on our southern border: The unprecedented surge of illegal migrants from Central American is harming both Mexico and the United States,” Trump said in remarks at the Department of Homeland of Security after signing the directives.

“And I believe the steps we will take starting right now will improve the safety in both of our countries,” Trump said, adding: “A nation without borders is not a nation.”

His plans prompted an immediate outcry from immigrant advocates and others who said Trump was jeopardizing the rights and freedoms of millions of people while treating Mexico as an enemy, not an ally.

Local officials in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Denver, Washington, San Francisco, and Seattle offer some forms of protection to illegal immigrants. Billions of dollars in federal aid to those cities, often governed by Democrats, could be at risk.

“The American people are no longer going to have to be forced to subsidize this disregard for our laws,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said.

In an interview with ABC News on Wednesday, Trump said construction on the wall would start within months, with planning starting immediately, and that Mexico would pay back to the United States “100 percent” of the costs. Mexican officials have said they will not pay for the wall.

During a White House briefing, Spicer referred to the wall as “a large physical barrier on the southern border.”

“Building this barrier is more than just a campaign promise, it’s a common-sense first step to really securing our porous border,” Spicer added. “This will stem the flow of drugs, crime, illegal immigration into the United States.”

Trump’s actions could fundamentally change the American stance on immigration, as well as further testing relations with Mexico.

Spicer said Trump’s goal was to get the wall project started as quickly as possible using existing government funds and then work with the Republican-led Congress on further appropriations.

“We’ll be reimbursed at a later date from whatever transaction we make from Mexico,” Trump told ABC on Wednesday. “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.”

‘POLITICAL THEATER’

Trump made cracking down on illegal immigration a key element of his presidential campaign, with supporters at his rallies often chanting: “Build the wall.”

“The border wall is about political theater at the expense of civil liberties,” said Christian Ramirez, director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition immigrant advocacy group.

“It is not national security policy. Border communities are among the safest in the nation and patrolling them with tens of thousands of heavily armed, poorly trained, unaccountable agents puts lives at risks. This will turn these communities into de facto military zones,” Ramirez said.

The cost, nature, and extent of the wall remain unclear. Trump last year put the cost at “probably $8 billion,” although other estimates are higher, and he said the wall would span 1,000 miles (1,600 km) because of the terrain of the border.

Many Democrats have opposed the plan and could try to thwart any legislation to pay for the construction in the U.S. Congress, although Republicans control both the Senate and House of Representatives.

Trump said his directive would also end the practice known by critics as “catch and release” in which authorities apprehend illegal immigrants on U.S. territory but do not immediately detain or deport them.

The directives also include hiring 5,000 more U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents used to apprehend people seeking to slip across the border and tripling the number of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents used to arrest and deport immigrants living in the United States illegally.

They also create more detention space for illegal immigrants along the southern border to make it easier and cheaper to detain and deport them.

Many Americans view their country with pride as “a nation of immigrants,” and President John Kennedy wrote a book with that title more than half a century ago. Trump successfully tapped into resentment toward the roughly 11 million illegal immigrants already in the United States and said during the campaign he would deport them all.

Trump, who in announcing his presidential bid in June 2015 accused Mexico of sending rapists and criminals into the United States, has also threatened to slap hefty taxes on companies that produce in Mexico for the U.S. market and to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement among Mexico, Canada, and the United States.

Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto are due to meet next week.

Asked about Trump’s wall, Republican U.S. Senator John McCain said a physical barrier was not enough to secure the border and called for the additional use of observation towers, drones, and other technology.

“Walls can be easily breached,” McCain, whose home state of Arizona borders Mexico, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program.

(Reporting by Julia Edwards Ainsley; Additional reporting by Mica Rosenberg, Doina Chiacu, Andy Sullivan and Susan Heavey; Writing by Will Dunham; Editing by Alistair Bell and Peter Cooney)

IMAGE: Construction on the area around the port of entry from Mexico to the United States continues next to the border wall in San Ysidro, California, U.S., January 25, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 25, 2017

    In light on Trump losing his mind in real-time, Mexico would do well to put a “No Fly” status on Trump and his relatives from entering Mexico. And the rest of the world should place some restrictions on the US, economic or otherwise, if Trump and his fellow miscreants insist on talking about making Mexico to pay for some idiotic Wall.
    Allowing Donald to threaten a neighbor, implied or overt, without a retaliation in kind, would be a miscarriage of Justice, and make a mockery of international norms.

    Only a dictator, with delusions of colonialism such as Donald’s, would insist on another nation submitting to his foolish whims.

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    1. Gregory Johnson January 26, 2017

      Awesome lesson on imperialism. I find it interesting that no one is talking about a “Wall” across the NORTHERN border of the United States, that has many of the same trafficking issues. Colonialism is the mindset contrary to the ideology of “The Land Of The FREE”. Our history of wars for the partial purpose of FREEDOM may have been all for naught. The civil unrest is being sparked throughout and could lead to a form of internal combustion like another civil war in America.

      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 26, 2017

        I recall someone with jihadist connections driving down from Vancouver in Canada with the intent to set off explosives for a major event a few years ago and was nabbed just in time. At my job, we were informed of cases of people coming across the border from up north to make a claim of citizenship to get a passport, or to smuggle in some drugs. In the latter case, and as a reminder against profiling, we were given a case of an elderly woman walking into the US from Canada in order to make a drug deal.
        So the point is, and as you note, prevention of infiltration of borders is a herculean task, financially and practically. Best to establish solid working relationships with all nations, education, a more equitable distribution of resources and opportunities for nations to improve their infrastructure, and a less war-like posture and mentality. That way, no one will ever have to feel forced to leave due to conditions of war and genocide, extreme poverty, and for lack of educational opportunities.

        1. Gregory Johnson January 26, 2017

          Traditionally, efforts such as the wall and war are based on economics versus security or nationalism. This would clearly be the same type of economic game using a wall, conflict, ethnicity, drug trafficking and

        2. dpaano January 26, 2017

          And, let’s talk about the Keystone pipeline….which is coming across the Canadian/US border into and across our country. Where is Trump screaming that he’s going to charge them a tariff for using our land for THEIR pipeline…..the one that will bring oil to the coast to be imported to China? I think they need to pay us big time for the use of that land if it ever gets built!

          1. Gregory Johnson January 26, 2017

            You are right on point. There is a great deal of grand standing in the rhetoric coming from Washington, D.C. Isn’t this ALL about making noise versus getting anything done that makes sense. See, we live in an environment laced with emotions. Mr. Trump or President Trump is very skilled at toying with the emotions of those that are weak in character. This weakness is the key to his election and now he has a bastion of similarly weak elected officials that are at his disposal out of some ill conceived loyalty to a party or a person versus paying attention to the true needs of America.
            We will weather this storm too. We have done it in the past and will make it through this one too. It is just a sad commentary for the lack of progress we will see in the days, months and years ahead of us.

          2. dpaano January 27, 2017

            Definitely, and as I’ve said before, he’ll have us in a war within the year. He’s already pissed off North Korea, China, and now Mexico! A trade war is STILL a war of sorts; you don’t need weapons to get your point across. But, taxing the Mexican government for imports into the U.S. will NOT hurt them….the extra cost will end up being paid for by the U.S. consumer. So, with that in mind, who do you think will end up paying for the wall in the end??? I doesn’t defy logic to see this, but apparently, it defies Trump’s logic (or lack of it)!

          3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 26, 2017

            As usual, your keen mind accurately sums up the big picture. What you’re describing would overload “Lord Fauntleroy” ‘s suspect business acumen—certainly the GOP can’t see as far ahead either.

          4. dpaano January 27, 2017

            Again, he doesn’t realize that much of the border security is handled by JOINT efforts between the U.S. Border Patrol and the Mexican police. In the past several years, the number of illegal aliens coming across into the U.S. has dwindled significantly due to that joint effort. We don’t need a wall; what is needed is additional tech equipment; i.e., drones, movement meters, cameras, dogs, patrol aircraft, etc., we don’t need a stupid wall that we’ll end up paying for anyway. If he raises the taxes on goods coming into the U.S., guess who will end up paying that tax by higher prices…..you and I!!! Apparently, that’s beyond his brain power to understand!!

      2. dpaano January 26, 2017

        I agree totally….see my previous post!!!

  2. FireBaron January 26, 2017

    Nice wall. Did Congress authorize any money for this? Not that I heard.

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    1. PatrickHenry January 26, 2017

      Yeah, way back in 2006. And neither the Democrat Congress or Obama did anything about it. As Senators, Hillary & Obama voted for the 700 mile border Wall in 2006.

    2. dpaano January 26, 2017

      And I seriously doubt they will….or if they do, it’ll take years before it gets started. Even the ACLU is getting into the picture and is threatening to sue Trump and his administration for this and other orders he’s signed! For once, the ACLU is doing something that I can agree with…..I’m going to send them a BIG donation!

  3. Godzilla January 26, 2017

    Build it high and throw about 25,000 volts through it. Well, skip the electricity since 5000 new Border agents will be hired. Great idea to use old legislation to build a way and the 2/3rds of the unspent money. Keeping promises, what a strange way for things to happen in DC.

    It’s called “Rule of Law” Snowflakes. I don’t like a lot of them either, but I don’t ignore them. Obama should be deported right along with the criminal illegals as punishment for conspiracy to commit those crimes.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/70a6a28b01190099d93830054f475b15c4d2a34e6975e39e38985e41c1548b44.jpg

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    1. Thomas Martin January 26, 2017

      Genius, what do you want to do with the Canadian border and our ocean borders and the sky and underground tunnels and submarines and airplanes. Isolationism is not the answer. Rule of Law? You don’t believe in it – most of us do. Fences tend to keep people in as well as out. NO WALL!

  4. rednekokie January 26, 2017

    So — the Great Wall of Donald is perhaps going to be built. I’d bet that it will not be finished, just as the Great Wall of China was never finished.
    Both of them, total lunacy. From total lunatics.
    And I’m not paying a dime of taxes for this ridiculous project.

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    1. dpaano January 26, 2017

      Not sure how we can stop our taxpayer money from going to such idiotic projects, but I agree with you! He’s also going to use our hard-earned taxpayer money for an investigation into why he didn’t win the popular vote….what a bunch of BS!! If I were a brave person, I’d not pay my 2016 taxes this year and tell his administration to deal with it!

  5. dpaano January 26, 2017

    One of our relatives works for the Border Patrol as an investigator. He says that most of the agents in the field do NOT think a wall will help and would prefer money for more ground motion sensors, cameras, drones, dogs, etc. that work much better than any wall! But, apparently, Trump doesn’t bother to listen to the actual wants or needs of the people in the field who actually deal with the border! And, his so-called “followers” have NO idea of the job of the Border Patrol or how they’ve been doing. The past two years has shown fewer illegal aliens coming across the border than ever before! I guess that doesn’t count to Trump and his followers either!
    I hope President Nieto stands his ground and lets Trump know, in no uncertain terms, that Mexico will NOT pay for the wall! Why should they…..it’s not their problem!
    Also, if Trump wants to protect our borders so badly, why isn’t he putting up a fence between the U.S. and Canada or complaining about outsourcing of jobs from the U.S. to Canada? And, why is he allowing a Canadian oil company to build a pipeline across our country and not pay a tariff…..isn’t that the same thing he’s been complaining about when he talks about manufacturing jobs in Mexico? It all seems VERY hypocritical, especially since any Mexican can fly into Canada and cross the border with much ease!!

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    1. Thomas Martin January 26, 2017

      I am with you 100%. We must remember a wall will keep people out and us in. On top of this what about the porous border between the US and Canada. I have read a bit about this border and it is in need of more personnel support. NO WALLS. Spend the money on helping people with healthcare.

      1. dpaano January 27, 2017

        And, from what I understand, many illegal refugees from the Middle East end up flying into Canada and coming into the U.S. through the U.S.-Canadian border. So, why isn’t Trump worried about that? If he wants to isolate the U.S. totally, he needs to look at both the north AND the south borders!!!
        But, you have to look at the Keystone Pipeline….even tho’ it’s coming from Canada (and he’s not threatening to charge them a tax for this), it’ll be helping those overpaid, bloated oil companies make even bigger profits on our coat tails!!! He doesn’t care about the environmental problems that will occur, especially to those of his voters who live in the Rust Belt and near where these pipelines will pass through. Didn’t they already have problems with water, fracking, etc. Don’t these people remember these things?

        1. Thomas Martin January 27, 2017

          Right on!!!!

  6. Thomas Martin January 26, 2017

    Trumpty Dumpty will try to build a great wall and surely will have a great fall. Meanwhile, Congress seems to be in a stupor as they have the last 7 years wrangling over nothingness. They will never get their act together allowing Trumpty to do damage to the American people: crap healthcare, reduced SS, state oversight on Medicaid, pension fund robbery———-all to advance nothingness and austerity for the people.

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  7. David Bathurst January 26, 2017

    If you want to stop illegal immigration, make it a mandatory minimum 5 year sentence for an employer to hire someone without doing the due diligence of checking their new employee citizen status, make it a three strikes rule.
    If you take away the economic access, whatever flow there is will dry up.

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    1. dpaano January 27, 2017

      The flow doesn’t need to “dry up,” there have been fewer people coming across the border into the U.S. than ever before. In 2009, there were, I believe, over 175,000 people per year coming across; in 2016, there were only 75,000. Securing the border is a “joint” effort between the U.S. Border Patrol AND the Mexican government, and they’ve been doing an outstanding job so far. We don’t need a stupid, expensive wall…..what is needed is more technology; i.e., drones, patrol aircraft, motion sensors, cameras, dogs, etc. This is ALOT cheaper than building a senseless, useless wall that hasn’t worked as it stands now and won’t work after more of it is built at OUR expense!

  8. Thornton Goode January 27, 2017

    The ‘WALL’, costing between 12 and 15 BILLION DOLLARS…..Will it actually get built? Would it ever get finished? Will it end up like the one in Berlin….no longer in existence? Yep….All those tax dollars that could have been used to educate kids…..college funds….lower health care cost. Yeah. Just think about it.

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  9. Fur Hunter January 27, 2017

    OK….12 to 15 BILLION DOLLARS….to be spent building ‘THE WALL’. Will it actually get started? Will it actually get finished? Will it be like the Berlin wall? Where is that wall now? Think of all the kids you could sent to college with that TAX MONEY. Think of the reduction in health care. Isn’t it wonderful how our illustrious politicians take OUR TAX MONEY and use it ‘willie-nillie’ on stupid crap like this? HEY….we put them in office. Go look in the mirror and you will see whose fault it is.

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    1. dpaano January 27, 2017

      Definitely, and as I said before, if Trump decides to charge a tax on goods coming in from Mexico to the U.S., who do you think will end up paying for that tax? It’ll be paid by the consumers in the U.S. who will end up paying higher prices for gas, autos, produce, etc. So, it’ll be you and I that will end up paying for that wall even if Trump seems to think that the Mexican government will be paying for it with the extra tax!!! He has NO idea what he’s talking about and NO sense of logic whatsoever! It’s ridiculous!

      1. Fur Hunter January 27, 2017

        The whole ‘WALL’ concept reminds me of the John Donne poem…’No Man is an Island’. HEHEHEHEHE What can I say? And when the taxpayers realize it is THEIR tax money and when prices go through the roof…I want to hear their reaction to the ‘WALL’ then.

        1. dpaano January 27, 2017

          We probably won’t hear anything from them because they don’t have the intelligence to understand what’s going on and how it’s going to affect the U.S. consumer when prices are raised to cover the extra cost of the tax levy! All they care about is “building the wall,” and have NO concept of the ramifications to ALL of us. They have this misguided notion that the wall will actually keep out so-called “illegal aliens” who are supposedly taking away their jobs. You know, the jobs like mowing lawns, washing dishes, taking care of children, picking fruits and vegetables….the jobs that most of them will NOT do because they don’t want to actually have to work for a living! I doubt if ANY of them have actually spent a day in a Mexican farmworker’s shoes…..if they did, they’d shut their mouths about building a billion dollar wall that no one wants or needs and which we, the consumers, will end up paying for in the end!
          He can “borrow money” from Congress and say that Mexico will pay us back, but they’ll be paying us back with higher prices!

          1. Fur Hunter January 27, 2017

            You are SSOOOOOOO…correct!!!!! And I have said the same thing about your comment that they are taking jobs. What Bull $$$$! How many whites and blacks have you seen out in the fields picking strawberries, cabbages, melons. Yeah. What a joke. They’d rather sit on their @$$es, watching TV and collecting welfare and food stamps. But don’t get me started. I can feel my blood pressure rising already. GRIN!!!!

          2. dpaano January 27, 2017

            Hang in there….my BP goes up every morning when I get up and read the newspaper! It gets worse when I listen to the news! It’s pretty sad that I have to be correct, but most of us are just as aware as I am and are deeply concerned that our illustrious illegitimate president can’t see the forest for the trees!

          3. Fur Hunter January 27, 2017

            I hope you do not mind, but I clicked so I can follow your posts and comments in the future. I think they will be interesting, informative and I think they might even make me chuckle as well. I will say this about the past election. Hopefully, it has awakened those who have been complacent and in a continuous stupor regarding politics. Maybe, just maybe, they will do like what happened in NC and that imbecile McCrory and dump their present senators and congressmen, seeing how much money their moronic decisions are costing them. We can only hope. GRIN!!! And a very Happy and Prosperous New Year to you and yours. Take care………….Thornton

          4. dpaano January 30, 2017

            I would be honored….it’s always good to know that people on this site appreciate my comments. Back at you with the New Year’s greeting….although this new year hasn’t been so good as of late! I guess we’ll just have to keep hanging in there and hoping that he pisses off enough senators (Republican ones) that they will vote with the Democrats to keep “45” (which is my new name for the idiot) in check!! I know he’s already made McCain mad, along with one other one (never can remember his name), so we only have to find one more that isn’t afraid of 45!

          5. dpaano January 30, 2017

            Knowing the south, they would probably prefer to see African Americans back in the fields, which doesn’t quite work for me! Having lived in Compton, CA from the time I was 3 months old until we moved when I was 5, I have a great love for the hard working people that we met in our neighborhood!!! In fact, I thought I was black until we moved to Long Beach!!! What a revelation! I also had to deal with the problem when I went into the Army and went to basic training (as a WAC) in Anniston, AL. My friends were not allowed to go into town, and I really wasn’t quite aware of the reasons. Now I am, and I am glad that I stayed on the base and spent the day with my buddies rather than have to deal with a bunch of low-income, uninformed, stupid people!!! Just saying…..

          6. Fur Hunter January 30, 2017

            Yep!…..I truly do believe that God works in mysterious ways. Growing up in an old southern Virginia family, I was told certain things about black folks and I thought I was being told the truth. Of course, I took the discrimination they suffered for granted. Well, after grad school, I moved to Atlanta with a new engineering job….and there were some incredible black folks working for the company….which changed the picture I always had, severely, and I got mad. I told myself that from that day on, I would NEVER believe ANYTHING blindly. I would do the research and make my own decision on matters that were important to me. Well, Karma got me. The discrimination I saw and subjected, came back to bite me. Why and how? I am a gay man and see discrimination and have been discriminated against because of it. After 11 years at my engineering position, they finally figured it out and gave me the boot. The lady at the unemployment office read the letter of termination. She looked at me and said. “It says they terminated you because your work was unsatisfactory. How long did you work for them?” “11 years.” I responded. She smiled. “Why did it take them so long to find out your work was unsatisfactory?” We both just cracked up laughing. She was totally on the clue bus and got it. Yeah. What can I say? Karma got them as well. Now retired, they are now having to pay me a pension, because I had worked 10 years and was vested. I laugh every time I see that check hit the bank. GRIN!

          7. dpaano January 30, 2017

            Sorry to hear you had to go through all of this…..my parents always taught me to NEVER discriminate against anyone no matter what, and I believe that. I have many African American friends as well as gay friends, and I love them all. I just see NO reason why people discriminate….don’t they realize that we ALL came from Eve, who was from Africa to begin with? It astounds me that some people are so stupid!! They keep saying they want to keep the race “pure,” but that’s totally impossible! We’re all a mixture of MANY cultures!! There’s NO such thing as a “pure” race!!!

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