President Donald Trump publicly attacked a violent mob of his supporters for the first time at his insistence, attacking the Capitol, adopting a victory in Texas to claim that the limit he had promised would be met has gone.
“Unlike those who came before me, I kept my promises, and today we celebrated the extraordinary milestone, celebrating the completion of the 450-mile border wall,” Trump said in the Alamo, Texas, on Tuesday. Half-mile stretch survey wall. “Nobody realizes how big.”
Wall, whom Trump famously paid for Mexico, said Trump was at the heart of Trump’s campaign to implement more restrictive immigration policies and Trump’s own pitch as a builder-politician. His crowd praised “Build the wall, build the wall!” At rallies, and as president, Trump has visited the border several times to oversee construction.
“, I will build a great wall, and no one will build better walls than me, trust me, and I will build them very cheaply, we will build a great, great wall on our southern border,” Trump said The White House in June 2015, announcing its bid.
Experts say Trump’s work on the border has had a major impact on both the people and the environment.
“The boundary wall is a small part of the overall border strategy that has been uniquely brutal as well as uniquely successful in blocking migrants, particularly asylum seekers,” Dennis Gilman, Texas School of Law A university professor said. Gilman is the co-director of the school’s immigration clinic and immigration lawyer who works with asylum-seeking families.
Gilman said that once in office, the president’s policies were geared almost entirely toward stopping Central American asylum seekers – not about Mexican immigrants he talked about as much as a candidate.
Here’s what Trump promised and what Trump gave.
Promise: 1,000 miles of wall. Status: Not placed.
On Tuesday, the president claimed that he had promised – and delivered – over 450 miles of border wall.
In fact, he is less than half of his initial promise. And 450 miles are just 47 miles of new structures where none existed before.
In 2015 and 2016, Trump said he expected the boundary wall to be about 1,000 miles long, creating natural barriers along mountains and rivers. More recently, Trump said in his 2020 State of the Union address that in early 2021 the boundary wall would be expanded “over 500 miles”.
A Customs and Border Protection spokesperson told NBC News that the Trump administration has built a 453-mile new “border wall system”, including barriers as well as patrol routes for patrol cars and other surveillance efforts.
Much of it replaces pedestrian and vehicle barriers erected during the previous administration with tall steel fences. Trump falsely claimed that he was building an entirely new border wall during his administration when in fact he was replacing the old fence.
As of January 8, the Trump administration has built only 47 miles of boundary wall where none previously existed. President Barack Obama left office since early 2017 with the existence of a 654-mile border, according to the Government Accountability Office report; According to CBP, Trump will leave along the 701-mile border. The spokesman said that the half-mile tour Trump visited today was completely new.
Trump claimed on Tuesday that another 300 miles worked. According to CBP, 285 miles are under construction or in the pre-construction phase. President-Elect Joe Biden said during his campaign that he intended to stop building the boundary wall.
Promise: The wall will cost $ 8- $ 12 billion and Mexico will pay for it. Status: $ 15 billion, and American taxpayers paid for it.
Perhaps Trump’s most frequent promise about the border wall was that Mexico would pay for it.
“I’ll pay Mexico for that wall, mark my words,” Trump said in his presidential announcement speech, one of that promise hundreds of times.
He said during his 2016 campaign that his 1,000-mile wall would cost $ 8 billion, or perhaps $ 12 billion. According to Time magazine, the federal government has allocated $ 15 billion for the 453-mile project.
Mexico did not pay for the wall; Its leaders have refused since Trump made his promise for the first time. After Trump’s inauguration, the president began to suggest that the US would initially pay, but Mexico would reimburse the US for the wall.
That too has not happened. Taxpayers submit bill for Trump’s wall.
Promise: The wall will be ‘big, beautiful’ and ‘solid’ condition: not at all.
Trump spent a lot of time as a candidate, talking about how his “big, beautiful” border wall would look. He often stated that it would be made of concrete; He said that it would be 35 or 40 or 55 or 80 feet long depending on the rally.
“Politicians would come to me, and they would say, ‘You know, Donald, you can’t build a wall.’ I said, “You gotta be kidding. You’re joking. Concrete plate, you gotta be kidding. Precast, precast, right? Boom bing. Done. Keep going,” he said in August 2016.
As president, he spent millions on prototypes of the boundary wall – some concrete, some steel – to test new boundary wall structures; All eight were vulnerable to breeching and have since been torn.
The Trump administration has continued to use the steel bonded fencing design for border barriers, just like the Obama administration.