President Donald Trump has signed an executive order for a border wall with Mexico. The wall, which will be built along the US border with Mexico, was something he mentioned as part of his presidential campaign. It is the latest executive order signed by the US President since taking office on January 20.
Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto recently said that Mexico would not be paying for the wall. Donald Trump admitted earlier that day that the money to begin construction on the wall would come from taxpayers. The US President recently said during an interview with ABC News that Mexico would absolutely, 100 percent reimburse the country for his wall.
Recent estimates say the cost for the planned wall would be $10-20 billion but others say it could cost up to $5 billion more. The annual maintenance cost could end up being more than $500 million. A few days ago, it was announced that Trump had scheduled a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who recently said Mexico would not pay for the wall. Mexican opposition is reportedly asking Enrique Peña Nieto to cancel the meeting after the executive orders issued by president Donald Trump today.
There are more executive orders expected by US President Donald Trump today. Yesterday, immigration experts mentioned that he would sign executive orders to restrict access for some countries, including Syria and Yemen.
The immigration restrictions will not only temporarily suspend people from entering the country but also block visas from being issued in those countries. Mr. Trump has estimated that the wall will cost $8 billion but other estimates say the wall could cost a lot more.
The US border with Mexico already has a series of walls and fences to prevent people from entering the country illegally. But the planned wall will reportedly be made out concrete, with some natural barriers guarding parts of the border. There are currently around 652 miles of border fence along the nearly 2,000 mile US – Mexico border. The construction of the wall will not only cost billions but also take years to be completed. Mr. Trump says he is looking to start construction of the wall within months. In recent months, Mr. Trump has said that Mexico will pay for the wall but has not talked about how he plans to make them pay for the structure.
Mr. Trump also signed an executive order to reduce funds for US cities that are seen as sanctuary cities, which don’t arrest or detain those living in the United States illegally.