Trump’s Mexican border wall executive order: What Texans are saying

President Donald Trump’s executive order Wednesday calling for the U.S. to build a Mexican border wall while simultaneously de-funding sanctuary cities predictably drew a lot of reactions from Texas politicians and citizens alike.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security with Vice President Mike Pence (R) January 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. While at the department, Trump signed two executive orders related to internal security and to begin the process of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 25: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security with Vice President Mike Pence (R) January 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. While at the department, Trump signed two executive orders related to internal security and to begin the process of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

“Beginning today, the U.S. will get back control of its border,” Trump said during a speech at the Department of Homeland Security. “We’re going to save lives on both sides of the border.” A few hours later, Trump said he will stop accepting Syrian refugees and will also suspend the United States’ broader refugee program for 120 days, according to the Associated Press.

Many Texas Republicans were supportive of the measures, with Gov. Greg Abbott leading the charge.

“Gov. Abbott is pleased with the immediate action President Trump has taken to fulfill his promise to secure the border,” Abbott said in a statement released Wednesday. “The governor looks forward to working with the Trump administration to keep Texans safe and protect our sovereignty.”

Senator Ted Cruz also issued his support: “President Trump took action that will launch the process of securing our southern border and effectively enforcing our nation’s immigration laws.”

U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, voiced his approval: “I applaud the president for moving swiftly to put in place the multi-layered barrier defenses we need to keep criminals, drugs, and potential terrorists out of our country.”

However, many Texas Democrats were not in favor of the president’s executive order.

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett said Trump’s speech was indicative of a broken campaign promise. “He is not building a wall that Mexico will pay for. Now he demands that American taxpayers pay for his folly with the false hope that someday he can eventually extort the money from Mexico,” Doggett said.

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, of Laredo, said the move was “disappointing:” “This is a 14th century solution to a 21st century problem; and a decision I cannot support.”

Then there’s this, on the financial implications of the wall, from San Antonio’s Joaquin Castro:

And it wasn’t just politicians who sounded off about the executive order. Throughout Wednesday, “The Wall” stayed trending on Twitter, and many Statesman readers made a point to share their opinion. Below are some of the highlights.

Some questioned the wall’s effectiveness, if it even gets built.



Some wondered if Americans would be forced to pay for the wall out of their own tax dollars, or if Texas’ work force would even participate.


Some were worried about the federal power of the executive order.

(A 2016 poll found that 59 percent of Texans surveyed were not in favor of the wall.)

And some were in favor of a more secure border and praised the executive order.


What about you? What do you think?

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