US President Donald Trump is on Wednesday expected to sign several executive orders that will reverberate across the world.
The leader of the free world will come through on his campaign promise of building a southern border wall and imposing a ban on refugees from the Middle East and Africa.
According to several congressional aides who spoke anonymously to Reuters, President Trump is expected to sign executive orders setting out federal funding for the wall.
He will also sign an order to impose a temporary ban on most refugees while suspending visa issuance in Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
The New York Times is also reporting that Trump is considering whether to resume the once-secret ”black site” detention programme while keeping the Guantanamo Bay detention center open.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4, Trump’s homeland security transition team leader James Carafano insisted that the planned security measures were wise and not ”an effort to persecute any religion or any particular people”.
”We have seen legitimate cases of transnational terrorism of people traveling from one country to another to do terrorist acts.
“We have actually seen a number of them in western Europe, so a country putting in place prudent measures to interdict terrorist travel by making sure you are screening refugees and visa applicants appropriately is not in any way imprudent. And dealing with that while you’re also dealing with trying to prevent homegrown terrorist attacks at the same time to me just sounds like reasonable responsible national security.”
The restrictions on refugees are likely to include a multi-month ban on admissions from all countries until the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security can make the vetting process more rigorous.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Tuesday 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.