WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will take executive action Wednesday directing federal resources toward building a border wall, a White House official confirmed.
The move begins a multiday rollout of immigration actions that’s also expected to include moves related to refugees and visas. Trump will make the announcement during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security.
Trump hinted at Wednesday’s move on Twitter.
Precise details of the executive action weren’t yet known, but the Trump administration believes they can construct the wall through existing law, including the Bush-era Secure Fencing Act.
Trump launched his campaign on hard-line immigration policy, proposing to build a “great, great wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border and later to institute a “complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” until the U.S. government could properly vet people coming in.
But as time went on, Trump’s rhetoric on immigration began to change and, at times, soften.
His aides eventually walked back the Muslim ban to a ban on immigration from countries with widespread terrorism issues.
And while Trump promised to deport all people in the country illegal throughout the campaign, press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that repealing President Barack Obama’s two immigration executive actions were not the president’s prime focus.
“First and foremost, the president’s been very, very clear that we need to direct agencies to focus on those who are in this country illegally and have a record — a criminal record or poses a threat to the American people,” Spicer said. “That’s where the priorities going to be.”AlertMe