Under President Obama illegal immigration, drug overdoses and human trafficking arrests were all record highs during 2016, his last year in office. Trump has argued that the wall will not only curtail illegal immigration but also stop the flow of illegal drugs and human trafficking.
-DHS unveils Trump's first completed border wall project in Calexico California. Sections of the new wall has also been erected in San Diego, California, erected in El Paso, Texas as well alreading being erected as New Mexico . The see through steel barrier wall is 30 feet high with anti climbing plates and stands on concrete that goes 10 feet below ground.
-Trump imposed harsh tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Mexico and also announced a new trade deal with Mexico, replacing NAFTA. Both moves significantly decreases the US trade debt with Mexico essentially paying for the wall "in one way or another" as he had always promised.
-A recent poll by the National Border Control Council show that over 90% of active border patrol agents (52% of border agents are latino/hispanic) support a "wall system". In fact both the US Customer Border Patrol and Dept of Homeland Security strongly support a wall barrier on the Southern border.
1/25/17: President Trump keeps his word on arguably his biggest campaign mantra. He signed an executive order to begin building the mexico wall "within months’ and reiterated that Mexico WILL pay for it. How will Mexico most likely pay for the wall? With a few adjustments in America's trade deals with Mexico the current $60 billion debt owed to Mexico can be decreased which in turn can be allocated to pay for the wall. The executive tive order also called for the hiring of 5,000 border officers and tripling the size of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
1/25/17: America already has nearly 700 Miles of existing fencing. Much of it built during Barack Obama's presidency, as part of the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which was signed by George W. Bush. And it works. There was a sharp decline in illegal immigration in areas where the fencing was built.
1/25/17: Over 1 million immigrants are currently accepted ino America every year legally by following the lawful process.
1/25/17: Nearly one-quarter (23%) of all federal inmates are illegal immigrants.
1/25/17: Nearly 1/2 of the world's population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. America (population of about 320 million) logistically and economically, could not sustain such a drastic increase in population.
2/15/17: Illegal immigration costs our country more than $113 billion a year.
3/191/17: Approximately 30 countrieswere refusing to accept the U.S. deportations of illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes.
8/5/17: The Department Of Homeland Security announced it would use its power to go around environmental and other laws to help expedite construction in the San Diego area.
10/6/17: The House Homeland Security Committee approved a border security bill that includes $10 billion for a border wall. The Border Security for America Act, proposed by committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), was passed on a party-line 18-12 vote.
2/20/18: The federal government began work to replace a section of border wall in California, the first wall contract awarded in the Trump administration outside of eight prototypes that were built last year in San Diego.
5/31/18: Trump imposed harsh tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Mexico, a move that decreases the US trade debt with Mexico essentially paying for the wall "in one way or another" as he had always promised.
6/2/18: Construction started on the US-Mexico border wall project at Border Field State Park. The work will replace about 14 miles of scrap metal wall that stands up to 10 feet high with a wall between 18 and 30 feet tall. The new wall will also have an anti-climbing plate.
6/15/18: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a "strengthened" Northern Border Strategy that it claims will help "combat terrorism" and "help facilitate travel and trade" at its border with Canada.
1/4/19: Trump released a statement and held a press conference along side the border patrol leaders saying the public should see the information behind the president’s case for why he wants a border wall. The briefing detailed increases in drug seizures, arrests of criminals and the surge of illegal immigrant children and families who the administration says are overwhelming agents.
1/10/19: Amazingly, Trump hating CNN reporter Jim Acosta tweeted his live visit to the border standing next to a portion of the border wall explaining how "tranquil" the area was. Proving (which ws not his intention) that the border wall, in areas where it is built, does indeed work.