Is Trumps border wall plan feasible?

Borders are a phenomenon everybody is accustomed with by today. Borders govern the areas in which a state can operate, and as a result form an integral part of many government manifestos. Wherever one falls on the political compass, there comes an opinion on borders. Countries that are part of the Schengen agreement in Europe have open borders, and countries such as North Korea have closed borders. The United States is somewhere in between.

When it comes to trump, we all know he has an opinion on borders. In fact he stated on Tuesday April 5th to the Washington Post, his strategy is to force Mexico to pay the $5 to $10 billion, that he insists will be enough to build 1,000 miles of impregnable border wall.

It’s a fairly safe assumption therefore to simply say no, it’s not feasible. But Trump clearly believes sos strongly in the idea it’s worth a second look. Let’s look back to the bush administration in 2006, when the Secure Fence Act was passed. 670 miles of fencing was built along what is roughly a third of the border, which is in total – approximately 2,000 miles long. This cost in the region of $2.4 billion alone, and was built in the easier and less costly areas of the border.

Bearing this in mind, the wall would be more than fencing, and material costs would reflect that. Additionally to build across the more difficult terrain would again add to this cost.

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“In our conversations with outside groups, experts and stakeholders, we learned that it would be an inefficient use of taxpayer money to complete the fence. … We are using that money to utilize other technology to create a secure border.” – Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

Consider outside of simply costs however, this border wall is a huge undertaking. So big intact, it would not only take up money and resources, but a huge amount of labour. Labour that would come from where? Matters run further than finance, and to be able to undertake such a project would require experienced with a huge organisational capacity, to find one willing ethically to take on the project, and within any kind of a budget would be an almost impossible task within itself.

Emyr Taylor
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