Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'We Will Build the Wall!' Trump Signs Order to Seal Mexico Border; President Tweets about 'Big Day' of Action with Curb on Migrants from Muslim States

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'We Will Build the Wall!' Trump Signs Order to Seal Mexico Border; President Tweets about 'Big Day' of Action with Curb on Migrants from Muslim States

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Byline: David Gardner US Correspondent

DONALD TRUMP was today due to kickstart his plans to build a wall between the US and Mexico.

The president intended to sign executive orders to make his much-derided campaign pledge a reality. He tweeted last night: "Big day planned on national security tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!" Mr Trump is also expected to take action on another campaign pledge to crack down on Muslims and refugees entering America. Washington sources say he will sign an executive order temporarily banning immigration from a number of Muslim countries deemed to be a "threat to national security" Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Sudan and Somalia. The move will effectively prevent any refugees from the Syrian war from being allowed into the US.

The exception will be religious minorities escaping persecution, which would apply to Christians fleeing Syria and other Muslim-majority countries, according to several congressional aides briefed on the clampdown.

In another order, Mr Trump will target so-called "sanctuary cities" in America that refuse to prosecute illegal immigrants or hand them over for deportation.

The new president was due to speak in Washington DC today to a meeting of employees at the Department of Homeland Security the government office with responsibility for immigration and border security to announce the initiatives and sign the orders.

The unprecedented measures are certain to provoke an angry response from advocates for immigrants, whose worst fears seem to be being realised.

Mr Trump has repeatedly asserted that "Mexico will pay" for his proposed 2,000-mile southern border wall, but he is understood to be directing federal funds towards the construction with a caveat that the US will later be reimbursed by Mexico.

During his presidential campaign, the billionaire initially proposed a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US to protect Americans from jihadist attacks. …

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