President Donald Trump is following through with one of the first pledges he made a year and a half ago, directing federal resources toward building a wall along the southern border.
Mr. Trump will sign the executive order for the wall during an appearance at the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, as Mexico’s foreign minister, Luis Videgaray, arrives in Washington to prepare for the visit of President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico. Mr. Peña Nieto will be among the first foreign leaders to meet the new president at the end of the month.
A member of Trump’s own party criticized the cost of a wall on Wednesday. Texas Republican Rep. William Hurd, who represents a district featuring a lengthy border with Mexico, said in a statement,
“The facts have not changed. Building a wall is the most expensive and least effective way to secure the border.”