How Trump plans to build, and pay for, a wall along U.S.-Mexico border

07/26/16 POLITIFACT

Border fenceThe boldest promise of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was also one of his first.

“I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively,” Trump said, announcing his candidacy on June 16, 2015. “I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall.”

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Commerce Thrives on US-Mexico Border

07/26/16 Voice of America 

san-ysidro-border-crossing-by-flickr-user-otzbergSpeaking at the Republican National Convention last Thursday, presidential candidate Donald Trump reiterated his plans to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and end trade deals that he claims favor Mexico.

The Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, has criticized such rhetoric and is expected to say more at her party’s convention this week. And last Friday, President Barack Obama hosted his Mexican counterpart, President Enrique Peña Nieto, to underscore the good relations between the two countries.

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Mexico Must Take Action To Protect Its Democracy

07/21/2016 The Huffington Post 

pena nieto wefIn the shadow of the U.S. presidential elections, Mexico’s president Enrique Peña Nieto returns to the White House this Friday to talk trade, immigration, and security with President Obama. The two met in Canada less than a month ago, but there is indeed much unfinished business.

First, Mexico must act now to implement promised labor law reforms that would strengthen the labor justice system and end the practice of employer-controlled “protection contracts.”

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Republican platform formalizes push for Donald Trump’s Mexico border wall

07/18/16 The Guardian 

fence at borderRepublicans officially adopted a platform on Monday that embraces Donald Trump’s controversial proposals on immigration and includes a stated commitment to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.

The long-awaited document, a blueprint for the party’s agenda for the 2016 presidential and congressional elections, was agreed upon by a voice vote on the floor of the Republican national convention in Cleveland. While there are few surprises in its contents, much of which was made public at a meeting of the Republican platform committee last week, the influence of Trump is apparent, particularly on his signature issues of immigration reform and trade policy.

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Trump supporters say terrorist attacks strengthen case for Mexico wall

06/18/16 The Guardian 

Donald_Trump)Donald Trump’s case for building a wall along the Mexican border has been strengthened by recent terrorist attacks in America, France and elsewhere, many of his supporters believe.

Republican convention delegates in Cleveland interviewed by the Guardian mostly backed the plan – a core rallying cry of the Trump campaign expected to be adopted as part of the official GOP platform on Monday – as a means of stopping illegal immigrants, though they were vague on details when asked how long the wall would take to build or what it would look like.

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Common ground Poll finds U.S.-Mexico border residents overwhelmingly value mobility, oppose wall

07/18/18 The Dallas Morning News

fence at borderResidents who live along the U.S.-Mexico border overwhelmingly prefer bridges over fences and are dead set against building a new wall, according to a Cronkite News-Univision-Dallas Morning News poll.

Outsiders may warn of imminent danger along the U.S.-Mexico border. But the poll found people who live here view themselves as part of a misunderstood community that wants easy mobility for daily commuting, less waiting on international bridge lines and an easier path to U.S. citizenship.

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Former Homeland Security head: Mexico wall will hurt GOP

The Hill 07/13/16 

TomRidge.jpgFormer Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says the GOP made a mistake in adopting Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border into its party platform.

“It’s a bad idea,” he said Wednesday on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co.” “It’s a bad idea short-term, and it’s a bad idea long-term. I just can’t believe my party has basically drawn a wall between us and our ability to attract Hispanic voters.”

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