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 dramatically slow the flow of illegal drugs and human trafficking which are still happening. It should also be noted that a "smart" virtual wall was tried under the Obama administration but failed. Obama was forced to end the hi tech project proving that only real walls work. In fact some of the safest cities in border states are surrounded by an existing barrier border wall.
-DHS unveils Trump's first completed border wall project in Calexico California. Sections of the new wall has also been erected in and around San Diego, California, erected in El Paso, Texas as well being erected and constructed as New Mexico. The see through steel barrier wall is up to 30 feet high with anti climbing plates and stands on concrete that goes 10 feet below ground. In total Trump so far has secured $3.7 billion covering 150 miles of new border wall.
-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 countries were 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.
4/13/18: Factcheck.org stated "The short answer is that the new omnibus bill funds some new fencing".
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.
10/15/18: The Arizona border will have 32 miles of existing wall replaced with a taller, stronger wall starting next April. The $324 million project has been given the green light by federal immigration officials, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced.
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.
2/9/19: The Department of Homeland Security announced it has given U.S. Customs and Border Protection permission to ignore environmental and land regulations to expedite construction of a secondary barrier, or wall, that runs parallel to the primary one between Tijuana and San Diego. The secondary wall is meant to run for 12 miles and is expected to be 18 feet tall.
2/15/19: President Trump declares national emergency to get an additional $8 billion for wall. Now 58 national emergencies have been declared since the National Emergency Act of 1976 was signed into law by President Gerald Ford. And 31 have been annually renewed and are currently still in effect, as listed in the Federal Register. Trump ultimately had to use his first veto of his presidency to pass the national emergency.
2/20/19: A section of the new barrier wall was completed in New Mexico. President responded with the following tweet "We have just built this powerful Wall in New Mexico. Completed on January 30, 2019 – 47 days ahead of schedule! Many miles more now under construction! "
2/25/19: The Pentagon deployed 1,000 more troops to the southern border next week. The additional forces will bring the total to nearly 6,000 active-duty and National Guard personnel deployed in support of the Department of Homeland Security at the border with Mexico.