President Donald Trump, throughout his presidential campaign, talked about building a wall alongthe United States’s border with Mexico to keep “illegal immigrants” out. He even assured people that Mexico would be paying for it.
Mexico will pay for the wall!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2016
Now that he has assumed his position in the White House, the POTUS has signed executive orders to kick off the promised construction. However, things seem rather shaky, and there are many challenges Trump is likely to face while turning his plans into reality.
First of all, there are around 200 Americans living on the e Mexican side of the border fence, and River Bend Resort, a golf course and residence in Brownsville, Tex., lies between a gap in the current fence. This means that in case the wall is really built, the property would be bisected and roughly 15 of the 18 golf holes would sit south of the border wall, along with the 200 U.S. citizens who live there.
“What is the government’s plan? Are they going to come and buy out 200 people of their houses?” he said. “There’s so much more to it than ‘let’s just build a wall,’” said owner of the resort Jeremy Barnard.
Moreover, unlike Western Border States, most of Texas belongs to private property owners, and going ahead with construction on private lands could lead to several logistical challenges and lawsuits.
Further, looking into the geographical aspects of the area, one cannot deny the fact that the nearly 2000 -mile border stretches across highly diverse terrain that ranges from oceans to urban areas, arid deserts, rivers ,farmlands, deltas and rugged mountain areas. The border goes from relatively straight lines to winding paths of the Rio Grande, and thus the given topography would make construction fairly difficult, and needless to say increase costs.
“If Donald Trump went and flew the whole border, just in Texas, he would realize it’s infeasible. It’s too rough of country,” said Byron Hedges, a local who has fished in the Amistad Dam.
There are many other question marks and challenges that are likely to come up once Trump looks into the practicalities of the wall. But one of them that is already evident is the humungous cost that the U.S. will have to bear, since Mexico has (understandably) refused to pay for it.
Initially, the POTUS had claimed the construction would cost $10 billion to $12 billion, but a report by Bernstein, a materials company suggests that the project would require around $25 billion. The 650 miles of fencing already put up has cost the government more than $7 billion, so completing the entire wall within $12 billion is absolutely impossible.
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