President Trump, in what seems to be one of several more such radical orders, has given a go for the construction of a WALL that runs the along the USA-Mexico border. This apparently, is to bolster national security, crack down on immigrants and limit refugees from countries like Syria, effectively naming them a terrorist nation. In addition to this, the classified “black site” detention program will also be considered for review in a possible resumption attempt.
“Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter on Tuesday night. “Among many other things, we will build the wall!” Donald's tweet read on January 25th.
Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 25 January 2017
Mr. Trump has signed the order to build a wall along the Mexican border, during his visit to the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday. The Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto however, is scheduled to visit the newly elected president at the end of January.
President Nieto has made it clear that he would not be allocating a single peso towards the construction of this fence along the borders but hasn't dismissed the scheduled visit to Washington on January 31st. The Government Accountability Office of USA has approximated that the proposed construction of the wall will cost $6.5 million per mile to build a single-layer fence and an additional $4.2 million per mile for roads & more fencing. These estimates do not include the maintenance required along the 2,000-mile long border. In total around $14 Billion would be required to just construct this demarcation along the Mexican border.
Additionally, Mr. Trump is also expected to sign an order that severely curtails the entry of the most vulnerable people of the world, namely refugees to the USA, by halting a decades-old program and enhancing the screening procedures to be done before letting them in. Also, the revival of the CIA-run black site detention program means that the prison at Guantánamo Bay would be kept open and the Muslim Brotherhood would be called a terrorist organization.
Trump's refugee directives will be directed at the generous expansion Obama's administration made, during the Syrian civil war last year. Obama had increased the overall refugees to be let into US soil to 85,000 while 10,000 were to be reserved for Syrians. Recently he had even increased the number to 110,000, more than double of what the new president is considering, 50,000.
These orders were met with sharp criticism from various fronts with the executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, Marielena Hincapié saying "To think that Trump’s first 100 days are going to be marked by this very shameful shutting of our doors to everybody who is seeking refuge in this nation is very concerning. Everything points to this being simply a backdoor Muslim ban"