President Donald Trump on Friday outlined a plan to build a “dream border wall” with Mexico, as he sought to draw a line between the U.S.-Mexico border and the rest of the country.
| AP Photo Trump signs executive order for border wall plan in Washington, D.C. Trump on Thursday signed an executive order directing the Department of Homeland Security to develop a plan for building a wall along the U-19 border with Mexico.
| Getty Trump signs orders for border construction in Washington.
Trump signed orders Friday for construction of a border wall along a stretch of the border, with an estimated cost of $1.6 billion, according to a senior administration official.
The White House did not provide any further details on how the wall would be funded.
The border wall is among Trump’s signature campaign promises, but his administration has been slow to develop any plans.
Trump and his advisers have focused instead on building a border fence to keep out migrants from Mexico.
The administration has also proposed hiring thousands of additional border patrol agents, which could further deter migrants from crossing the border.
The president has said he would make Mexico pay for the wall, but Mexico has rejected that plan.
Trump’s plan for the border wall came after the administration had promised to make Mexico reimburse the U,S.
for the cost of the wall by 2019, though the official said it was unclear how that would work.
Trump has also expressed frustration with the lack of progress on the border between his administration and Congress.
The House passed a bill this week that would require Mexico to pay for a border barrier by 2019.
The Senate has not yet passed a measure that would make that payment.
Trump, who has long called for Mexico to contribute to the wall and has threatened to impose a 20% tax on Mexican imports, said he has a “plan B” for the U.,S.-Mexican border that would include a “big, beautiful wall.”