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Politics Trump's Border Wall With Mexico is Not 'Almost Built'

12:50  18 october  2020
12:50  18 october  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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Mr Trump has changed his view of what constitutes a wall . His promise to build a "big, beautiful wall " between the US and Mexico was a rallying cry While almost 600,000 people were apprehended trying to cross the southern border illegally last year, more than 660,000 people who entered the US

US President Trump is determined to build a wall at the US- Mexico border . Newsround has been to the border to find out more about the issue and what it means for However, Donald Trump believes the existing barriers are not enough to stop people attempting to cross and he wants to build more.

President Donald Trump told a rally in Janesville, Wisconsin, on Saturday that his controversial Mexican border wall is "almost built," though the White House has struggled to make progress on the proposed barrier that became a touchstone of his "Make America Great Again" platform.

a man standing in front of a door: President Donald Trump participates in a ceremony commemorating the 200th mile of border wall at the international border with Mexico in San Luis, Arizona, June 23, 2020. © SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images/Getty President Donald Trump participates in a ceremony commemorating the 200th mile of border wall at the international border with Mexico in San Luis, Arizona, June 23, 2020.

The promise to build a wall along the entire frontier with Mexico—some 1,933 miles—was central to Trump's 2016 campaign, and encapsulated the nationalistic, anti-immigration rhetoric that runs through the president's "America First" ideology. The president promised to build the wall and to make Mexico pay for it, but has failed on both counts.

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"Build the wall!" a supporter at the rally shouted as the president delivered his remarks in Janesville on Saturday. Trump replied: "The wall is almost built."

Before Trump took office, there were 354 miles of pedestrian barriers and 300 miles of anti-vehicle fencing along the frontier—a total of 654 miles.

The Trump administration has only been able to construct 360 miles of the border wall, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency website. Of this, only five miles is newly constructed in areas where no barrier previously existed. The rest of the work has been adding secondary barriers, reconstruction or repair work on existing infrastructure.

The Congressional Research Service said in a January report that Trump's refurbishments pose "a formidable barrier, but it is not the high, thick masonry structure that most dictionaries term a 'wall.'"

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President Donald Trump says his proposed border wall may not need to cover the whole US frontier with Mexico because of existing natural barriers. Building the wall , and having it paid for by Mexico , was one of Mr Trump ' s key campaign promises. Now, almost six months into his presidency

President Trump generally talks about the wall as if it' s an expansion of what was there. Since the beginning of the year, President Trump has boasted dozens of times about the extent of wall being built on the border with Mexico .

Trump's additions cover less than 19 percent of the entire border. From the start, experts and lawmakers warned that a full frontier barrier would have been technically infeasible and prohibitively costly. Estimates stretched to $45 billion for the whole structure, a cost that would be inflated by maintenance costs and private land acquisitions.

Aside from the human rights and financial concerns raised by wall opponents, experts also warned that Trump's proposed wall would have dire environmental consequences, dissecting and disrupting border ecosystems.

Trump and his allies initially side-stepped the issue of costs by claiming Mexico would pay for the wall. Former Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said soon after Trump's election that his country would not pay for the barrier, adding: "Mexico does not believe in walls."

The president instead drew on military budgets and FEMA national disaster relief funds to pay for his project. Private fundraising efforts also sought to buoy the administration's wall.

But one of these—We Build the Wall, founded by military veteran Brian Kolfage with leadership from former GOP Secretary of State of Kansas Kris Kobach and former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon—was hit with charges of fraud.

The organization raised more than $25 million, but all Kolfage, Kobach and Bannon are all accused of siphoning off funds illegally for personal use.

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