Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday expressed his support for President Trump’s controversial plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying the barrier he built along his country’s southern border “stopped all illegal immigration” and was a “great idea.”
Trump on Wednesday signed executive actions to start the construction of a continuous, “physical” wall, making good on a campaign promise to keep out illegal immigrants from Mexico, particularly “rapists” and drug dealers.
“Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders,” Trump declared. “We are going to save lives on both sides of the border.”
Trump has forged ahead on the wall promise, despite Mexico refusing to pay the bill, as Trump said it would.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto responded almost immediately Wednesday to Trump’s declaration, saying in a nationally televised address that he regrets and rejects the president’s decision, nixing a planned meeting between the two leaders.
Wall construction is projected to cost $8 billion to $20 billion, with Congress scrambling for ways to promptly find the money.
The president’s executive orders also call for hiring 5,000 additional border patrol agents and 10,000 more immigration officers, though the increases are subject to the approval of congressional funding.