President Donald Trump, appearing publicly for the first time since a violent mob of his supporters attacked the Capitol at his urging, took a victory lap in Texas to say that the border wall he promised is full.
“Unlike those who came before me, I kept my promises, and today we celebrated extraordinary milestone, the completion of the promised 450 miles of border wall,” Trump stated in Alamo, Texas on Tuesday, surveying a half-mile stretch of recent border wall. “Nobody realizes how big that is.”
The wall, which Trump famously stated Mexico would pay for, was on the coronary heart of Trump’s marketing campaign to enact extra restrictive immigration insurance policies and Trump’s personal pitch of himself as a builder-turned-politician. His crowds appreciatively chanted “build the wall, build the wall!” at rallies, and as president, Trump has visited the border quite a few instances to observe development.
“I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively, I will build a great, great wall on our southern border,” Trump stated, asserting his bid for the White House in June 2015.
Experts say Trump’s work on the border has had a big effect — on each folks and the environment.
“The border wall has been just a small piece of an overall border strategy that has been uniquely cruel and at the same time uniquely successful at blockading migrants, especially asylum seekers,” stated Denise Gilman, a University of Texas School of Law professor. Gilman is a co-director of the college’s Immigration Clinic and an immigration lawyer who works with households in search of asylum.
Gilman stated that after in workplace, the president’s insurance policies have been nearly totally geared in the direction of blocking Central American asylum seekers — not the Mexican immigrants he’d talked about a lot as a candidate.
Here’s what Trump promised, and what Trump delivered.
On Tuesday, the president falsely claimed he’d promised — and delivered — 450 miles of border wall.
In truth, that quantities to lower than half of his preliminary promise. And simply 47 miles of the 450 miles quantities new buildings the place none existed earlier than.
In 2015 and 2016, Trump stated he anticipated the border wall can be round 1,000 miles lengthy, with mountains and rivers creating pure limitations, too. More not too long ago, in his 2020 State of the Union tackle, Trump stated that “substantially more than 500 miles” of border wall can be performed by early 2021.
A Customs and Border Protection spokesman informed NBC News that the Trump administration has constructed 453 miles of recent “border wall system,” which incorporates limitations in addition to patrol roads for patrol automobiles and different surveillance efforts.
The overwhelming majority of it replaces pedestrian and automobile limitations erected throughout earlier administrations with a lot taller metal bollard fencing.