WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday will order the construction of a Mexican border wall, The New York Times reports.
The newspaper says it will be the first in a series of actions this week to “crack down on immigrants and bolster national security, including slashing the number of refugees who can resettle in the United States and blocking Syrians and others from ‘terror prone’ nations from entering, at least temporarily.”
The orders are among an array of national security directives Mr. Trump is considering issuing in the coming days, according to people who have seen the orders, NYT says. They include reviewing whether to resume the once-secret “black site” detention program and the use of enhanced interrogation techniques; keeping open the prison at Guantánamo Bay; and designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.
The proposed orders could lead to sweeping and controversial changes in the way the United States conducts itself at home and around the globe in the name of security, potentially leading to the reinstatement of policies that have been repudiated by much of the world, the newspaper states.
“Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter on Tuesday night. “Among many other things, we will build the wall!”
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