An anti-immigration adviser to US President-elect Donald Trump says he may start construction of a wall on the Mexican border without a congressional approval, while his team is busy discussing drafting a proposal aimed at reinstating a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is known for his tough anti-immigration stance, made the remarks in an interview with Reuters released on Wednesday.
Kobach told the news agency last Friday that the immigration group was discussing drafting executive orders for the new president “so that Trump and the Department of Homeland Security hit the ground running.”
The group will be targeting immigrants and visitors on visas from countries where extremist organizations are active.
After 9/11, Kobach who was serving in President George W. Bush’s Department of Justice, designed the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System.
NSEERS required some of the refugee seekers to undergo interrogations, fingerprinting, registering at government offices in person and checking in frequently.
Following harsh criticism by rights groups, the Homeland Security also found it redundant and it was scrapped in 2011.
Trump’s victory in presidential election on November 8 has caused fear among minority groups, including Muslims and Hispanics, throughout the US.