Trump or­ders wall be built, probe of vot­ing

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By REUTERS

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Wed­nes­day or­dered con­struc­tion of a US-Mex­i­can bor­der wall and pun­ish­ment for cities shield­ing il­le­gal im­mi­grants while mulling restor­ing a CIA se­cret de­ten­tion pro­gram as he launched broad but di­vi­sive plans to re­shape US im­mi­gra­tion and na­tional se­cu­rity pol­icy.

A draft ex­ec­u­tive or­der seen by Reuters that Trump is ex­pected to sign in the com­ing days would block the en­try of refugees from war-torn Syria and sus­pend the en­try of any im­mi­grants from Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity Mid­dle Eastern and African coun­tries Syria, Su­dan, So­ma­lia, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Ye­men while per­ma­nent rules are stud­ied.

Less than a week into his pres­i­dency, Trump has moved ag­gres­sively to put his stamp on a range of poli­cies, in­clud­ing steps to gut the healthcare sys­tem de­vised by his pre­de­ces­sor, and make clear that as pres­i­dent he is not turn­ing to­ward more mod­er­ate po­si­tions than he took as a can­di­date.

His di­rec­tives on Wed­nes­day sig­naled a tough ac­tion to­ward the roughly 11 mil­lion il­le­gal im­mi­grants al­ready in the United States, most from Latin Amer­ica, whom he al­ready has threat­ened to de­port.

In a move crit­ics called a slight to the in­tegrity of Amer­i­can democ­racy, Trump also said on Wed­nes­day he would seek a “ma­jor in­ves­ti­ga­tion” into what he be­lieves was voter fraud in the Novem­ber elec­tion, de­spite over­whelm­ing con­sen­sus among state of­fi­cials, elec­tion ex­perts and politi­cians that it is rare in the United States.

“We are go­ing to re­store the rule of law in the United States,” Trump told an au­di­ence that in­cluded rel­a­tives of peo­ple killed by il­le­gal im­mi­grants at the De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity af­ter sign­ing two ex­ec­u­tive or­ders.

The di­rec­tives or­dered the con­struc­tion of a multi­bil­lion-dol­lar wall along the roughly 2,000-mile (3,200km) US-Mex­ico bor­der, moved to strip fed­eral fund­ing from “sanc­tu­ary” states and cities that har­bor il­le­gal im­mi­grants, and ex­panded the force of Amer­i­can im­mi­gra­tion agents.

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