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


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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The economics of Donald Trump’s wall

07/26/2016 The Economist

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DONALD TRUMP is a man of ideas. Although critics have lambasted him for flip-flopping on some policies (he now proposes to ban immigrants from “terrorist nations” rather than all Muslims), Mr Trump has stood firm on at least one proposal: his wall. A new report from Bernstein Research looks at the economics of the wall’s construction.

The border between the United States and Mexico stretches 1,989 miles (3,200km), but the wall itself needn’t be as long thanks to the preponderance of natural borders such as the Rio Grande. Assuming a length of 1,000 miles and a height of 40 feet (12 metres), Bernstein reckon that the wall would require $711m worth of concrete and $240m worth of cement. Including labour, the total cost of between $15 billion and $25 billion is a bit more than Mr Trump’s suggested $10 billion. (Bernstein’s estimates presumably do not factor in Mr Trump’s construction expertise.)

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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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President Obama on the U.S. – Mexico Relationship

07/25/16 The White House 

President Obama visits Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto“From our shared security to climate change, Mexico is a critical partner and is critically important to our own well-being. We’re not just strategic and economic partners, we’re also neighbors, and we’re friends, and we’re family—including millions of Americans that are connected to Mexico by ties of culture and of language. And that’s why, as President, I’ve worked to deepen the partnership between our two nations.”

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Mexico says ready to update NAFTA with U.S. and Canada

07/25/16 Reuters

Claudia-Ruiz-Massieu-2Mexico is ready to update the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and United States, its foreign minister said on Monday, following a spate of criticism of the accord by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu told reporters that since taking effect in 1994, NAFTA has boosted trade, created millions of jobs, drawn investment and made North America more competitive in the global economy.

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U.S., Mexico air transport accord enters in force, seen boosting travel

07/25/2016 Reuters

airplane.jpgThe United States and Mexico agreed to put into force a new air transportation agreement that is expected to boost travel and clear the way for any city to have direct airline service to the neighboring nation, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Monday.

It said the two countries exchanged diplomatic notes Friday to bring the agreement into effect after four years of talks. The final approval was announced by the White House during Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s visit the same day to U.S. President Barack Obama.

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Raul Grijalva: Trump’s border wall would harm Americans

07/24/2016 Arizona Daily Star

428px-Raul_Grijalva_113th_CongressDonald Trump is running for president primarily on fearmongering and divisive rhetoric, but at least one policy proposal will have a tangible impact on our lives in Southern Arizona: his proposed wall across our border with Mexico. The price tag is irrelevant of course since Trump assures us that Mexico will pay for the wall, simply because he says so.

The truth is Trump’s wall will cost us — and dearly at that. The tens of billions of additional dollars it will take to erect Trump’s wall doesn’t factor in the costs for monitoring the structure, or the approximately $750 million it will take to maintain the barrier every year. These expenses are hardly irrelevant for our national budget, but they pale in comparison to the toll this wall would take on our border communities, on the local commerce built upon cross-border trade, and on the delicate ecosystems that make these regions the distinct and beautiful environments that nearly 200 million people call home in both the U.S. and Mexico.


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