BREAKING: Trump orders construction of border wall, moves to increase deportations
President Donald Trump on Wednesday started to reshape US immigration enforcement policies via executive action, taking his first steps toward fulfilling some of the most contentious pledges that defined his campaign -- building a border wall and punishing "sanctuary cities."
Trump signed what the White House described as executive orders that begin moving towards building a wall on the US-Mexico border, boosting border patrol forces and ordering an increase in deportations of undocumented immigrants.
"This is border security. We've been talking about this from the beginning. This is going to bring it over the top," Trump said as he signed the first of two orders during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security, the agency that would implement those actions.
The executive orders also seek to end sanctuary cities and the practice of releasing undocumented immigrants detained by federal officials before trial. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the executive action directed at sanctuary cities would strip grant funding for cities that "harbor illegal immigrants."