In line with his election promises on immigration, US President Donald Trump gave the go-ahead Wednesday to two measures to counter illegal immigration and to strengthen security and border controls in the United States.
“We’ve been talking about this from the beginning,” Trump said as he signed two documents at a ceremony at the Department of Homeland Security. Earlier, he had welcomed the secretary of this department, retired general John Kelly, newly confirmed in his duties.
The signature of President Trump will notably lead to the process of building a wall on the US-Mexican border, a project that Trump promised throughout his election campaign.
On Wednesday afternoon, the White House had still not circulated documents signed by the president or provided details to journalists.
In any event, Mr. Trump sees his Wednesday announcement as a realization of his commitment to adopt the hard line in terms of immigration, notably by constructing a wall separating the United States from its neighbor to the south.
In all likelihood, US taxpayers should pay for the upfront costs. The US president, however, continues to ensure that Mexico will ultimately pay the bill, claiming that the neighboring country will reimburse the costs by means that have not been specified.
“There will be a payment; It will be in a form, perhaps, complicated, “Trump said in an interview with the ABC earlier Wednesday.