President Donald Trump signed two executive orders during his latest visit to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). One of the executive orders directs an immediate construction of a wall on the American-Mexican border. The second one directs hiring immigration officials to boost the border patrol and its efforts. While many believe that Mexicans will view the wall with hostility, President Trump said that it would benefit the neighbor in the long run.
With the executive orders, President Trump said that US is going to take back the control over its borders. He added that DHS is a law enforcement agency, which could not do its job well for a long time. However, going forward, he urged them to enforce US laws strongly. According to a report in the BBC, Trump administration will hire around 10,000 officers to strengthen its border force and carry out deportations.
Cost of wall
He also directed cutting the federal grant to sanctuary cities, adds a CNN report. Additionally, he announced the new criteria, which considered undocumented immigrants as deportation priorities. However, all this will require funds. And, Trump’s executive order does not cover the cost of the wall. With the construction on the wall starting “almost immediately,” many wonder who and how will it be paid for.
An article in The Hill states that, according to estimates, the wall will cost America between $8 billion and $25 billion. While Trump was vehement about Mexico footing the bill, he recently accepted that the construction might need US funds to start the project. He also promised that the government would absolutely be reimbursed later.” “I’m just telling you there will be a payment,” he said. “As soon as we can. As soon as we can physically do it,” he added.
Mexico, NAFTA and the wall
Trump’s orders for the construction of the wall come on the heels of his desire to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico. Ildefonso Guajardo, Mexico’s Secretary of the Economy is currently in the US. He revealed that his country would quit NAFTA if the US pressures them to pay for the wall. Even Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto, who is scheduled to meet Trump next week, is under pressure to cancel his visit.
Despite the Mexican opposition, the Trump administration might go ahead with the wall which, it feels, will benefit its neighbor too. President Trump opines that the wall will deter illegal immigration from Central America. He believes that Mexicans will benefit from it as it will disrupt the hyper violent cartels in the country.
However, Mexican citizens beg to differ. For starters, they think that the wall is racist. Secondly, they believe that it will break up families. And thirdly, they believe it will prevent people from looking for seasonal work in the US. However, both the Mexican government and its citizens say that their country won’t be paying for it.
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