We Are Paying For the Trump Wall
For over four years Donald Trump has been harping about a useless border wall. During the speech to launch his candidacy in 2015, he said:
“I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great great wall on our southern border and I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall.”Donald Trump
Now, years later, the NY Times reports that the “Pentagon will delay or suspend 127 military construction projects so that $3.6 billion can be diverted to shore up President Trump’s border wall.” In all, that effort would result in the establishment of a 52 mile stretch of fencing. As the MSNBC report below details, this has led military personnel and their families to bear the burden for Trump’s insistence on the need for the needless object.
This is in addition to the approval by the Supreme Court given to the administration in the amount of $2.5 billion after Trump used his executive powers to declare a national emergency for the wall. That amount allowed the Trump administration to work on 124 miles of fencing.
Back in 2016, the president promised that he’d build an ‘impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful’ border. Once he was elected president, Trump declared that via executive order that he would complete 500 of the promised 1000 mile-long border wall in his first term.
According to Politifact, the Trump administration has ‘replaced about 60 miles of dilapidated barriers with new fencing.’ So after all the bluster, shuffled budgetary funds, and the reality that Mexico was never, in fact, going to pay for it, the president has very little to show. Stacked on top of it all is how little the border wall does to address the migrant crisis, the drug war, human trafficking, wildlife preservation, or adequately handle Indigenous people’s sovereignty over the land.
Quite the failure, if you ask me.