Past Features

July 27, 2016

PolitiFact
How Trump plans to build, and pay for, a wall along U.S.-Mexico border
   
 The boldest promise of Donald Trump's presidential campaign was also one of his first.
    "I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I'll build them very inexpensively," Trump said, announcing his candidacy on June 16, 2015. "I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall."
    The big question, now that Trump is the Republican nominee, is how he would do it if elected president. At the Democratic National Convention, Sen. Elizabeth Warren derided the wall promise, saying it's never going to happen.
    PolitiFact examined the logistics of Trump's signature promise, interviewing immigration experts about the specifics of his proposal and possible challenges.
    We reached out to Trump's campaign for more information on his plans for the wall, including expected total costs and timeframe, but did not hear back.
    Trump has said the wall could cost $8 billion to $12 billion, be made of precast concrete, and rise 35 to 40 feet, or 50 feet, or higher. He's said the wall doesn't need to run the nearly 2,000 miles of the border, but half of that because of natural barriers.

Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol
Fleshing Out The Border Wall Plan
    
Trump says there are 1,000 miles of natural barriers where no wall is needed. Other than about 200 miles along the Big Bend in Texas, I have a hard time finding these natural barriers. There is a way to check this out.
    I am preparing a plan whereby President Trump (or Clinton) will have a huge computer screen in the situation room that will show him (or her) exactly where people were crossing the border illegally from Brownsville to San Diego --- in real time. This can be done using SEIDARM --- the best border technology ever created. It could be in place by the end of March, 2017, at a small cost.
    President Trump (or Clinton) could build a wall in the "necessary" places --- while deciding what to do about the other 1,000 miles.
    This system will also tell the president how any system for border security is working.
    Help me finish this plan -- donate to ABP.

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