Trump Administration Progressing on the Wall

From the Washington Examiner:

New revelations come almost by the minute in the Trump-Russia affair. The White House moves into full-defense mode. The Trump agenda stalls on Capitol Hill.

A reasonable observer might conclude that is all that is happening in the Trump administration. But even as those troubles fill news sites and cable TV, administration officials are quietly moving ahead on one of the president’s top campaign promises: the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Although it hasn’t received much attention relative to the president’s many problems, extensive planning for the wall is under way, officials are evaluating specific proposals, sites are being studied, and yes, there is money available to get going.

The work is being done under President Trump’s executive order of Jan. 25, which declared the administration’s policy to “secure the southern border of the United States through the immediate construction of a physical wall …” The order went on to set a high standard of effectiveness: “the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States” along the border. Finally, the order cited an existing law, the Secure Fence Act, which in 2006 called for the construction of “at least two layers of reinforced fencing” and “additional physical barriers” on up to 700 miles of the 1,954-mile border.

… In March, U.S. Customs and Border Protection sent out a request for proposals for companies to bid on the construction of prototypes — not little models to sit on someone’s desk, but full-scale sections of proposed wall designs that will be put in place on the border. So far, Border Protection has received more than 100 proposals. …

Right now, officials are studying how many “buildable miles” will need a barrier. Whatever the precise number, it will be big. In 2015, the Department of Homeland Security told Congress that, of the 1,954 miles of border, 1,300 miles, or 66.5 percent, have no fencing or barriers at all; 299.8 miles, or 15.3 percent, have vehicle fence; and 316.6 miles, or 16.2 percent, have pedestrian fence. Only 36.3 miles, or 2 percent, have the kind of double-layer fencing required by the Secure Fence Act. (The law was passed by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush, but neither Bush nor Congress really wanted to build the fence. So they didn’t.)

3 thoughts on “Trump Administration Progressing on the Wall

  • June 1, 2017 at 4:53 am
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    When the fence was proposed when Bush was in office the money was there to do the repairs but was totally ignored and from what I understood the money was used for other things that the politicians wanted instead. Since the money seems to be there to fix the worst parts of the fence that should be done since there are terrorist working with the drug cartels in Mexico that help the terrorists make it across the Mexico.US border when they want to, they seem to go back and forth as they please.

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  • June 2, 2017 at 2:05 am
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    Dear President Trump, please know that “We the people” are behind you. Thank God for you. I pray for you and your family daily. I believe the corrupt press is losing steam. Keep your strength. Keep the faith.

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  • June 2, 2017 at 2:17 am
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    One more comment….. Build that Wall. In Mexico, you can’t protest against the government if you are not a Mexican citizen. Check this out from the Guy from Boston: Language alert:

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