Trump: 'We Will Build Mexico Border Wall'

تم نشره في Wed 25 January / Jan 2017. 01:00 AM
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Donald Trump has said a "big day" is planned on national security, including an announcement to build a wall on the border between the US and Mexico.

The new Republican president is expected to sign several executive orders on immigration and border security this week.

They are likely to include the "extreme vetting" of people coming from seven predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa.

This would restrict refugee access.

Mr Trump tweeted: "Big day planned on national security tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!"

Building a 2,000-mile wall along the Mexican border was one of his key proposals during the presidential election campaign.

During his election campaign, Mr Trump said Mexico would pay for the wall, which he said would cost about USD8bn (GBP6.4bn).

He has since said the US would recoup the costs from its neighbour at a later date.

But Mexico's president and senior officials have said that they will not pay for the wall, despite Mr Trump's campaign pledge.

There will also be measures that force so-called sanctuary cities in the US 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.

Meanwhile, a draft White House order raises the possibility that overseas "black site" CIA-run prisons could be reopened.

The document asks senior national security officials whether the president should "reinitiate a program of interrogation of high-value alien terrorists to be operated outside the United States".

The order, obtained by the Associated Press, says US laws should be obeyed at all times and explicitly rejects "torture".

Later this week, Mr Trump is expected to announce immigration restrictions from seven African and Middle Eastern countries, including Syria, Yemen, and Iraq.

He is also likely to halt access to the country for some refugees - until the vetting process can be made more rigorous.

Trita Parsi, from the National Iranian American Council, said: "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."

But one of Mr Trump's advisers on the transition team at the Department of Homeland Security, James Carafano, said the new measures should not be seen as anti-Muslim.

"If they're based on security concerns, of course they have nothing to do with a person's actual religion, it's based on that they're conflict zones or that there are security concerns coming out of that country," said Mr Carafano, who is from the conservative think-tank the Heritage Foundation in Washington.