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Trump To Demand U.S. Taxpayers Pay For Border Wall

| by Ray Brown

President Donald Trump is expected to sign executive actions to put American taxpayer dollars toward the construction of a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border.

In addition to an executive order for the border wall, CNN reported that another of Trump's executive orders will call for tripling "enforcement and removal operations/agents" of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which arrests undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

The executive order will also call for a 5,000-person increase in Customs and Border Protection personnel.

"Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!" Trump tweeted on Jan. 24.

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Reuters reported that Trump is expected to suspend the issuance of visas for people applying to come to the U.S. from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Yemen.

Trump also might halve the number of refugees admitted into the U.S., from 100,000 to 50,000.

During the presidential campaign, Trump talked about banning all non-U.S. citizen Muslims from entering the country for an undetermined period of time.

"To use world events as an excuse to keep people from coming to the United States who are literally fleeing for their lives disrespects the history of this country," said David Leopold, an immigration attorney and former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, according to Reuters. "It disrespects the many people that came here and made this country what it is."

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Trump appears to be making good on some of his campaign promises, at least in part. Building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border was also one of his most popular campaign promises among supporters, who would come to Trump's campaign rallies by the thousands and chant, "Build the wall!"

But Trump also promised his supporters that the Mexican government -- not American taxpayers -- would pay for the wall's construction. Three-quarters of Trump supporters want the wall built, according to Bloomberg. 

That now doesn't appear to be the case, according to the New York Daily News, after Trump officials admitted that the funds will come from American taxpayers.

According to the MIT Technology Review, the cost of the wall, including maintenance and security, could be close to $40 billion.

Sources: CNN, Reuters, MIT Technology Review, Bloomberg News via Denver Post, Donald J. Trump/Twitter, New York Daily News / Photo credit: Field of Vision

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