Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the US-Mexico border could be an “unstoppable force” against the influx of refugees, according to the leader of the country’s largest humanitarian organization.
The president, who is expected to announce a new strategy for refugees and migrants later this month, is expected by some to announce his plans to build the wall in the coming weeks.
Ahead of the speech, the American Civil Liberties Union said it would file a lawsuit in the US district court for the District of Columbia to halt construction of the wall.
The ACLU, which has filed similar lawsuits in several other countries, said the wall would “cause a humanitarian crisis” and would “open a new front in the world’s war against human trafficking.”
The ACLU’s executive director, Anthony Romero, told reporters in Washington on Thursday that the group would seek a preliminary injunction to stop construction of Trump’s wall.
In a statement to CNN, Romero said the ACLU would file the lawsuit because it believes the wall is “illegal, unconstitutional, and a threat to human rights.”
“We will file the appropriate lawsuit in order to stop this project and the Trump administration from further undermining human rights in the United States and other countries,” Romero said.
“We believe that the Trump Administration has the legal authority to enforce the law against these plans.”
He added that the ACLU’s lawsuit would be the first of its kind.
Trump is expected on Friday to announce the policy changes he has been working on since taking office, including a revised plan to cut taxes for businesses and lower the corporate tax rate to 25% from 35%.
The president’s plan will not address immigration, and he has not specified what would be done with undocumented immigrants who entered the US as children.
The new plan will also allow people who entered on visas to remain in the country until they are granted legal status.
The ACLU said in a statement that it would also file a legal challenge to Trump’s proposed temporary ban on Muslims entering the US.
The US has had a number of immigration disputes with Muslim-majority nations.
A recent report by the US Government Accountability Office found that between 2006 and 2012, the number of people killed in terrorist attacks in the Middle East jumped by nearly 300 percent.
In August, Trump announced plans to suspend visas for people from the seven Muslim-states and seven Muslim countries who were deemed a threat by the federal government, including the seven countries named in the executive order.
Trump has said that he wants to build his wall as soon as possible, after he issued an executive order in April that temporarily halted the implementation of the US refugee resettlement program and temporarily halted deportations for some immigrants.
The White House has previously said it will accept refugees fleeing violence and persecution, including some fleeing conflict in the region, and has said the policy would be reviewed once Trump takes office in January.
The Department of Homeland Security, which administers the refugee program, said it has received approximately 1,000 applications for asylum from people fleeing violence, civil war, persecution, and human trafficking.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.