Donald Trump has said a “big day” is planned on national security, including an announcement to build a wall on the border between the US and Mexico.
The new US president is expected to sign several executive orders regarding immigration and border security over the next few days.
They are likely to include the “extreme vetting” of people coming from seven predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa.
This would restrict refugee access.
Mr Trump tweeted: “Big day planned on national security tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!”
Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
“A law already exists that experts believe give him the authority to start building that wall,” NPR’s Tamara Keith reports on today’s Morning Edition. “It is the Secure Fence Act of 2006. It was bipartisan, it was overwhelmingly supported. That envisions both physical barriers and more of the high-tech stuff, like sensors and cameras.”
The 2006 law mentions a two-layer fence, Tamara says — but that fence was never built. Ten years later, the process could begin.
Other plans said to be in the works could place a sharp restriction on admitting people traveling to the U.S. from a Muslim-majority nation, and reduce how many refugees are allowed into the U.S.
In addition to the wall, multiple media outlets say Trump’s new immigration orders could bolster the number of border agents, adjust enforcement policies along the border, and seek to punish municipalities in the U.S. that have become sanctuary cities.