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Trump to Visit Border Today, Updates on the Wall

by Countable | 8.22.17

What's the story?

Before his controversial rally in Phoenix later tonight, Donald Trump will be in Yuma, AZ, for a tour of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border station. During the rally, Trump is expected to push funding for his border wall with Mexico.

While Trump visits Arizona, Countable thought it would be a good time to revisit some of the recent developments in the President’s quest to "build that wall!"

  • The House recently approved a spending bill that included $1.6 billion towards building Trump’s "big beautiful wall with Mexico." The bill, however, stalled in the Senate. Republicans need the support of Democrat to pass a spending bill. Which is why…

  • Vice President Mike Pence told Fox News this morning, in anticipation of Trump’s rally, "We want to build a wall and have internal enforcement and border security. Illegal immigration at our southern border is down now more than 60 percent. And that's the result of the leadership that President Trump has been providing. But we need Congress to continue to support those efforts."

  • Initially, Trump wanted to build the wall along all 1,989 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. Most recently, Trump halved the length to 1,000 miles, and said the wall will be built of "really hard" concrete, rebar and steel. At various other times, Trump has also said he wants the wall to be “see through,” contain “solar panels” and be 50 feet tall.

  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has estimated the wall will take three years to build and cost $21 billion dollars.

  • The planned wall would damage sacred Native American burial grounds.

  • DHS is building border wall prototypes near San Diego. To pull it off, they’re using the broad authority granted by Congress to waive a host of environmental and land management laws.

  • Mexico, despite Trump’s statement to the contrary, has said it won’t pay for the wall. In a leaked conversation with Enrique Peña Nieto, the Mexican President told Trump, "I have recognized the right of any government to protect its borders as it deems necessary and convenient. But my position has been and will continue to be very firm saying that Mexico cannot pay for that wall." During the conversation, Trump said, “From an economic issue, [the wall] is the least important thing we were talking about” but “psychologically, it means something.”

  • Those on this side of the wall have also expressed doubts: In April, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) stated, "There will never be a 2,200-mile wall built, period...I think it’s become symbolic of better border security. It’s a code word for better border security. If you make it about actually building a 2,200-mile wall, that’s a bridge too far—but I’m mixing my metaphors."

  • In March, Democrats introduced the "No Taxpayer Funding for the Wall Act." It’s awaiting a hearing. There’s also been the “Build Bridges Not Walls Act.”

  • On the other side of the aisle, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) sponsored the EL CHAPO Act, which would reserve any illegally obtained drug profits forfeited by El Chapo, and other convicted members of drug cartels, towards the building the border wall.

What do you think?

Do we need a border wall? And if we do, would you like to see it built with Trump’s specifications? Should your reps vote for the budget request? Hit the Take Action button and let them know, then let your fellow citizens know below.

—Josh Herman

(Photo Credit: Josh Herman)

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  • Deirdre
    08/22/2017
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    We don't need a wall. The cost to taxpayers is outrageous. That money can be spent elsewhere. Yes we need better security but to destroy land, the environment and to destroy Native American burial land is disgraceful. What we need is technology to secure our borders not a wall. We are turning into Berlin before they tore down their wall. We need to invest in high tech technology and that would also provide jobs. This wall is a total waste of money and it will destroy our land.

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  • Kodiwodi
    08/22/2017
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    We don't want the damn wall. Mexico doesn't want the stupid wall. Environmentalists think this will be very damaging. The cost of this wall is outrageous and could be used to fund useful programs 45 has cut like meals on wheels and PBS and SNAP and Veteran's housing and mental health care. We aren't making friends and allies for future trade with the stinking wall. It would probably be cheaper and more humane to pay the coyotes to bring people to the border and have ICE turn them back. All we are going to do is get into a fight over tariffs and taxes and continue to lose companies to Mexico.

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  • Lawrence
    08/22/2017
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    No Wall, spent the money on the poor and/or healthcare.

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  • Bob
    08/22/2017
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    The only wall we need is to keep creeps like Trump from escaping prison.

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  • Christopher
    08/22/2017
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    Defensive walls are monuments to man's stupidity. Unfortunately we are going to spend $1.6 Billion on a monument for the 'poster child' for that expression.

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  • Monica
    08/22/2017
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    No wall and no Pardon to the Sheriff

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  • Tom
    08/22/2017
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    No one wants this wall! Enough already! It's a waste of money and is NOT needed. Trump needs to be gone.

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  • Happyinvegas
    08/22/2017
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    Really yet another rally? Still campaigning for that narcissistic ego boost?

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  • Ticktock
    08/22/2017
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    We don't want or need a boarder wall between Mexico and the US. Walls don't t work. Maybe Trump will get confused though and end up on the Mexico side. I'm sure their are a few people there that would like to have a one on one with him.

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  • Azrael
    08/22/2017
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    Where's Vincente Fox when you need him?

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  • operaman
    08/23/2017
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    A promise is a promise. Thump was elected on many promises. THUS we support the promise maker. You get your turn in 2020, that is if you still have a party.

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  • Suzi
    08/22/2017
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    We do NOT need a wall! Please do not approve the budget request.

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  • Brian
    08/22/2017
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    Enough already!! This wall nonsense was a joke and we all know it except the ones who voted for this fool. I suspect he's going to reverse course in the end anyway. But for a guy who's always bitching about fiscal responsibility killing this should be a no brainer. I've said it before and I'll say it again, "If he followed through on half of his more libertarian/progressive tendencies he might actually not be completely hated." But that requires a lot more humility on his part. He's never going to win anyone over if he just continues to double down on the campaign rhetoric.

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  • Linda
    08/22/2017
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    No wall.....never want it, don't need it. The trumps would probably end up making money off it by picking contractors who would benefit them. All that money should go for healthcare, better living conditions for the poor, keeping social security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc solvent.

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  • Linda
    08/22/2017
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    The majority do not want to spend $21 billion on a wall to fulfill the president's campaign issue. Cost & continued maintenance are just not feasible at this time. We are facing cuts in education, EPA programs, healthcare. These funds should be designated toward infrastructure upgrades which would create jobs and help our economy. NO WALL

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  • Susan
    08/22/2017
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    Every wall that has ever been built to keep people in or out has eventually failed it's intended purpose, and Trump wants to build another one. See the definition of stupidity!

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  • Susan
    08/22/2017
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    Building a wall goes against what America stands for. We The People will not pay for this wall!

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  • Andy1
    08/22/2017
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    Why don't you just go golfing again mr. President. Leave the rest of this to the adults

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  • Jesse
    08/22/2017
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    Not my president

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  • Jacob
    08/22/2017
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    Yeah, let us know how that's going, President Pussy Grabber.

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