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Trump signs order to build wall, crack down on illegal immigrants living in US

Published:Wednesday | January 25, 2017 | 1:38 PM
United States President Donald Trump takes the cap off a pen before signing executive order for immigration actions during a visit to the Homeland Security Department in Washington, on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (AP):
United States President Donald Trump says in a speech at the Department of Homeland Security that his executive actions on immigration show that "beginning today", the US will get back "control of its border."

Trump says his administration will be working in partnership in Mexico to improve safety and economic opportunity for both countries and will have "close coordination" with Mexico to address drug smuggling.

Trump says, "We're going to save lives on both sides of the border."

The new president spoke shortly after signing executive orders to strengthen border security and crack down on immigrants living in the US illegally.

It will set in motion the construction of his proposed border wall, a key promise from his 2016 campaign.