What we once considered a hilarious joke in 2015 is officially happening.
President Donald Trump signed two executive orders to boost border security and crack down on undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. on Wednesday. Construction of the wall could begin in months, but according to an interview with ABC News, the planning is "starting immediately."
Trump will proceed to build the wall with federal funds and then seek reimbursement from Mexico, an idea Mexico has resisted. But he said that negotiations would begin "relatively soon."
"We've been talking about this right from the beginning," he said. "I'm telling you there will be a payment. It will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form."
White House press secretary and #AltFacts extraordinaire Sean Spicer has said Trump wants to prioritize the removal of undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes in the US, but has refused to say whether deportation priorities as a whole will change. During his campaign, Trump called for the deportation of all undocumented immigrants in the U.S., though he said the "good ones" could return to the U.S. under an expedited process.
We'll be looking forward to what Mexico's Enrique Peña Nieto has to say in this meeting.