In the early stages of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, he stated his hugely controversial intentions of building a wall to act as a “securer” border between the US and Mexico.In fact, he even waned Mexico to pay for the wall (which is set to cost between $5 and $10 billion to build) in the form of a 20 per cent tax on Mexican imports.
He repeated this in pretty much all of the televised debates. He simply wanted to keep the “bad homres” AKA illegal immigrants, out of the country, and there was only one thing for it in his mind: to build a great big, imposing wall.Many people felt that the mere suggestion of building such a wall was born out of Trump’s deep-seated xenophobia.
Well, as you probably already know, last month construction began as the first prototypes of the wall were being worked on at a special site in San Diego.Each prototype was set to be built up to 30 feet high and 30 feet long, and four were to be made of concrete and the other four were to be made from alternative materials.
According to the Customs and Border Protection, the building process was supposed to span about a month.
Many people have criticised the fact the president took an entire month to erect four, 30-foot prototypes, when entire length of the US/Mexico border is an eye-watering 3,201 kilometers – or 10,501,969 feet.Just how long is this wall going to take until its completion?
And just how is the length of the wall going to be monitored? I mean, the Berlin wall was patrolled by military personnel from a dictatorship (East Germany), and anyone attempting to flee the East into the West was instantly shot dead.I’m hoping Trump has other plans…
There seems to be quite a bit of confusion as to what exactly Trump’s vision for the wall is. He had previously stated that he hoped that the end result would be a see-through wall, however, it appears that most of the prototypes are not see-through.
Ronald Vitiello, CBP’s acting deputy commissioner for the construction said in a statement:
“We are committed to securing our border and that includes constructing border walls. Our multi-pronged strategy to ensure the safety and security of the American people includes barriers, infrastructure, technology and people.
Moving forward with the prototypes enables us to continue to incorporate all the tools necessary to secure our border.”
“There’ll probably be more than one or two of them there at the same time but we’ll have to sequence it so they’re not in each other’s way. I don’t have that plan but I know out team is working through it.”
As it turns out, there are plenty of flaws with the plan to build the wall in San Diego. For one, the border between the US (San Diego, in the west, to Brownsville, Texas, in the east) and Mexico is very curved and plus there’s the river to contend with.Also the desert-like landscape in parts of California and may also pose a problem when it comes to erecting the wall, as working conditions could become unsafe.However, this video very humorously demonstrates the biggest issue of them all:
In the video, the man shows us how simple it would be to climb over the border wall between the US and Mexico.
At the end, he realizes he has left his backpack on the other side of the wall and simply walks behind it to retrieve the backpack.
I’m guessing the actual prototypes of the wall are more, well, secure. Then again, the border wall featured in the video is see-through, sort of.
Now take a look at this classic Trump moment during the presidential campaign. Boy was he keen on Mexico paying for that wall…