January 26, 2017 – President Donald Trump signed two executive orders aimed toward illegal immigration.
The first order will begin construction of a wall along Mexico’s border. The construction of the border wall will start “in months,” Trump stated in his first presidential interview with ABC’s David Muir. The order would direct existing federal funds toward the initial construction of the wall and the president himself estimated the cost of the wall to be 10 billion dollars. While the initial funding to build the wall will come from American taxpayers, Trump has repeatedly stated that ultimately Mexico will reimburse American taxpayers for construction costs. In response, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and other Mexican officials have openly refused to pay for the wall stating that it is “unacceptable” to try and get a neighboring country to pay for it and Mexico “will not pay for any wall.”
The second executive order signed will stop Federal funding to certain sanctuary cities that shield undocumented immigrants from deportations and triples resources for enforcement to increase deportations.
Cost: About $10 billion dollars according to President Trump. Others have estimated the cost to be closer to $15 billion, possibly $25 billion (Bernstein Research). These estimates DO NOT include the cost of buying the land where the wall will be built.
Size: 1,933 miles long and about 40 feet high
Location: Southern border along CA, AZ, NM, and TX
The following information was provided by the Homeland Security Office of Immigration Statistics annual flow report:
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