President Donald Trump said on Monday that deportations would resume, at least for a short while, as part of the efforts to stem the flow of people illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
Trump said the process would begin with a wall along the southern border with Mexico and would be “an absolutely massive” barrier.
“I would say it’s going to be a big one, not only on the border but across the entire border.
It’s going a long way to stop people from coming,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.
Trump added that the government was planning to ask Congress to extend the deadline for a border wall to March 25, 2019.
“We’re going to start to see some action,” he said.
The president did not elaborate on what specific actions would be taken during the first three months of the plan, saying the timing was up to Congress.
“The reason that we’re doing this is because we need a wall, because we’ve had a lot of people come across the border, and they’ve been trying to come here,” Trump said.
“They’ve been in the U to work.
And they’re coming in.”
Trump’s announcement comes as U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said she is “open to working with” the administration on a plan to end the so-called “catch and release” policy for illegal immigrants, which allows them to be detained and deported if caught.
Trump, however, said the president had not given her any details.
“We’re not going to stop.
We’re going down the road to a much bigger, much stronger border and to a bigger, bigger, more durable wall,” Trump added.”
So I’ve heard you very clearly and I’m open to working on a very big, much bigger wall, a wall that is far bigger than what we’re seeing right now.”
The president also said that he will ask Congress for $4.6 billion in federal funds for the wall and other border security measures, including the construction of a “big, beautiful” border wall.
“When you talk about wall, you don’t talk about fence,” Trump continued.
“You talk about something that’s much bigger than the fence.”
“We’ll start the construction now, and we’re going,” he added.