Trump Just Signed an Executive Order to Break Ground on His 'Great Wall'

He also signed a second order aimed to crack down on sanctuary cities.

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Jan 25 2017, 7:20pm

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On Wednesday, Donald Trump moved forward on one of his signature campaign promises by signing an executive order to start construction on his "great wall" along the US and Mexico border, Reuters reports.

According to Politico, the order specifically calls for tripling the number of US Border Patrol agents along the southern border to 5,000 and setting aside federal funds to pay for the wall's construction, rather than Mexico, as promised. Trump also signed a second executive order that aims to strip federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities that harbor undocumented immigrants and do not actively deport them. 

The orders, which he signed at the Department of Homeland Security, were just a few of the many he was expected to sign Wednesday, after announcing via Twitter that it would be a "big day" for national security, initially with a glaring typo.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that Trump will also be signing executive orders that would attempt to fulfill a different campaign promise—cracking down on Muslim immigration. According to the Washington Post, Trump may sign an order that would place a temporary visa ban on people trying to enter the US from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

We're tracking the laws and executive orders Trump signs in his first year in office. The updated list is here.