President Donald Trump signed two Executive Orders yesterday, both of them focused on his administration’s new immigration policy. The first was establishing his plans for The Wall, a deterrent device that will be built along America’s southern border, which Trump asserts will be paid for by Mexico. The second was to beef up our nation’s border patrol and immigration agencies Finishing off the flurry of immigration-related issues, Vice President Mike Pence swore in General John Kelly as the Department of Homeland Security Secretary.
Later, Trump goaded Mexico’s president, Enrique Pena Nieto, on Twitter, saying that if Mexico did not agree to foot the bill, they should cancel their upcoming meeting with the US. Pieto, trying to save face with his country’s voters, did just that, claiming he would not attend the meeting. The Mexican peso instantly dropped in value.
Afterward, Trump said that if Mexico would not voluntarily pay for The Wall, he would work to impose a 20% tax on all imports to the United States from Mexico.
During a press conference after the sign Trump talked about the families of victims who had lost loved ones as a result of illegal immigrant crime. “To all of those hurting out there, I repeat to you these words. We hear you, we see you and you will never, ever be ignored again,” he said.
He vowed to support law enforcement officials for enforcing the rule of law in the United States.
“When it comes to public safety, there is no place for politics; no Republicans, no Democrats, just citizens,” he said.