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SD politician on Trump's executive order for wall: 'Embarrassingly un-American'

Construction of Southwestern U.S. border wall will be immediate says Trump after signing executive order.
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President Trump has only been in office for nearly a week and he is already forging ahead with his campaign promise to build a wall separating the United States from Mexico.

On Wednesday, the newly inaugurated president signed executive orders to "immediately" build a wall along the southwest border of the United States, although no details of verbiage in that order have been released. 

During his visit to the Department of Homeland Security, Trump also addressed employees saying border detainees will not be so easily released anymore and there will be an increased hiring of border patrols and immigration enforcement officers.

Some Republicans on Capitol Hill embraced the idea and said they were happy to underwrite the proposal themselves.

“It would be a proposal that would cost billions of dollars to get done, but if it’s an appropriate priority for our country, it’s worth spending that kind of money,” said Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind.), chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee earlier this month.

But some organizations such as The National LGBTQ Task Force are horrified that the president would put in place such an executive order.

Rea Carey, National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director calls the act not only an attack on immigrants and their families but LGBTQ immigrants as well.  

Instead of taking steps to fix our broken immigration system, President Donald Trump is adding fuel to a fire that continues to tear families apart, deny undocumented immigrants of their human dignity, and vilify Muslims,” she said in a statement.

Carey goes on to say that both the president and vice president are fulfilling campaign promises built on fear mongering, racism, bigotry, xenophobia and violence.

She adds, “Their agenda of hate is contrary to the core American values of freedom, justice, and equality; and downright dangerous to the lives of millions of black and brown people, LGBTQ people, and allies in this country.”

“This week alone, we’ve seen executive actions attacking women’s access to reproductive health at home and abroad; a decision to move forward with environmentally dangerous pipeline projects that disrespect indigenous people of this nation; directly attack and criminalize immigrants and Muslims; and a direct attack on voting rights that is designed to strengthen arguments for voter ID and other barriers to exercising our constitutional rights."

Carey ends her statement with a call to action, imploring people to,” join us as we organize, train, and push Congress to protect everyone against the devastating harm caused by President Trump and Vice President Pence administration’s agenda.”

San Diego’s own State Assemblywoman and California Latino Legislative Caucus Vice Chairwoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D) took particular offense to the executive order because it will directly affect the areas she oversees.  

“My district is one the most diverse set of neighborhoods in the entire country,” Gonzales said. “I represent immigrant communities that include the border with Mexico as well as one of our nation's largest refugee communities in City Heights.

“Donald Trump’s actions today run contrary to our most basic American values of compassion and inclusion.  He will jeopardize the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children who are in harm’s way.

“Forcing police to freelance as border agents doesn’t make our communities safer, nor neither does wasting billions of American tax dollars to further divide our binational community with a border wall.

“This is embarrassingly un-American.”

In Trump's address to Homeland security, he emphasized just how quickly his order will take affect. 

"This will also help Mexico by deterring illegal immigration from Central America, and by disrupting violent cartel networks," he said to the crowd. "As I’ve said repeatedly to the country, we are going to get the bad ones out the criminals and the drug deals, and gangs and gang members and cartel leaders. The day is over when they can stay in our country and wreak havoc. We are going to get them out. And we are going to get them out fast.”

He says the contruction of the wall will begin "in months."