Donald Trump to sign executive orders to start building Mexico border wall and restrict immigration from Muslim countries that ‘pose national security threat’
PRESIDENT Donald Trump is expected to sign executive orders to begin building a border wall with Mexico and restrict immigration from Muslim countries.
He tweeted overnight: “Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!”
Trump is also expected to restrict access to the United States for refugees and some visa holders from "terror prone" countries Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, according to aides.
- · Syria – Ravaged by civil war for nearly six years, the lawless country is the home base and training centre for a host of terror groups, including ISIS and the formerly Al Qaeda-linked Al Nusra Front.
- · Iraq – Unstable since the 2003 US-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein, ISIS took over swathes of the country with ease in 2014, taking advantage of the sympathetic Sunni minority that made the same areas a breeding ground for Al Qaeda during the anti-West insurgency.
- · Iran – A radical Islamist republic since the 1979 revolution – remembered by many in America for the hostage crisis after the country’s embassy in Tehran was stormed – Iran was branded “the foremost sponsor of terrorism in 2015” by the US State Department.
- · Libya – Essentially a failed state since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has seen jihadi groups flourish in recent years, with between seven and nine radical organisations believed to be operating there, according to one US official.
- · Somalia – Arguably the world most famous and longest-running failed state, with no effective government since 1991. Home to infamous jihadi group Al Shabbab.
- · Sudan – Previously on the State Department’s list of terror sponsors and still a supporter of Palestinian terror group Hamas. Previously used as a transit point for Brit jihadis looking to travel to Syria.
- · Yemen – A long-time haven for Al Qaeda and now with a growing ISIS presence since the country was carved in two by the recent civil war which broke out in 2014.
On the campaign trail Trump later announced plans for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslim immigration to the US.
He later softened his stance to advocate temporarily banning immigration “from regions that export terrorism and where safe vetting cannot presently be ensured”.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that the State and Homeland Security departments would work on the vetting process once Trump's nominee to head the State Department, Rex Tillerson, is installed.
Other measures may include directing all agencies to finish work on a biometric identification system for non-citizens entering and exiting the United States and a crackdown on immigrants fraudulently receiving government benefits, according to immigration experts.