Stockpiles of needed weapons were curtailed when $2.2 Billion was removed from the Military Budget. These weapons could have been used in Ukraine. Where Weapons are needed and greatly appreciated. The Wall has now been breached more than 5000 times and was said to be “impenetrable”. Well, it’s not.
But the amount of Migrants only shows how bad things are South of Our Border. They must be very bad.
The Trump wall, commonly referred to as “The Wall“, is an expansion of the Mexico–United States barrier that started during the U.S. presidency of Donald Trump and was a critical part of Trump’s campaign platform in the 2016 presidential election. Throughout his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump called for the construction of a border wall. He said that, if elected, he would “build the wall and make Mexico pay for it”. Then-Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto rejected Trump’s claim that Mexico would pay for the wall; all construction in fact relied exclusively on U.S. funding.
President Donald Trump stands in front of a section of border wall near Yuma, Arizona, June 2020
In January 2017, Trump signed Executive Order 13767, which formally directed the U.S. government to begin wall construction along the U.S.–Mexico border using existing federal funding. After a political struggle for funding, including an appropriations lapse resulting in a government shutdown for 35 days, and the declaration of a national emergency, construction started in 2018.
The U.S. built new barriers along 455 miles (732 km), 49 miles (79 km) of which previously had no barrier. Much of the remainder consists of 30-foot-tall (9.1 m) steel bollard wall where previously there had been fencing or vehicle barriers. Additionally, a private organization called We Build the Wall constructed under five miles (8.0 km) of new wall on private property near El Paso, Texas. By August 2020, the portions constructed by the organization were already in serious danger of collapsing due to erosion, and the acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York unsealed an indictment charging four people, including former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon, with a scheme to defraud hundreds of thousands of donors by illegally taking funds intended to finance construction for personal use. An unpublished memo from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection leaked in March 2022 revealed that the “impenetrable” border wall had been breached more than 3,200 times by the time Trump left office in 2021.
Initially, on January 20, 2021, newly inaugurated U.S. president Joe Biden terminated the national emergency and halted construction of the wall, but the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security later hinted that the construction of the wall may continue under Biden’s administration. In April 2021, the Biden administration cancelled all border wall projects that were being paid for with funds diverted from U.S. Department of Defense accounts. By October 2021, several border wall construction contracts have been cancelled and, in some cases, land that was acquired by the government from private property owners via eminent domain, were returned to their owners.