Paying For The Border Wall

President Trump Flip-Flops On A Key Campaign Promise

I can’t calculate how many times Donald Trump said that Mexico will pay for the border wall. In September and October alone, Donald Trump held 59 campaign rallies, he said Mexico pay for the wall every single time. After Donald Trump became the president-elect, he seemed to back off many of his signature campaign promises that rallied support and won him the presidency. The Office of Government Accountability (GAO) said that it would cost $6.5 per mile to build a single-layer fence, and $4.2 million per mile for roads and more fencing, per congressional officials.



The U.S.-Mexico border is 2,000 miles long, it includes mountains and rivers, deserts and buildings, hills, and valleys. The Bush administration project to put border fencing on the U.S.-Mexico border was completed in 2007. CBP completed approximately 73 miles of fencing for about $198 as of September 30th, 2007, and another 215 miles of fencing costing about $625 million as of October 31, 2008, it would cost $10.2 million per mile to fence the entire U.S.-Mexico border, Donald Trump said he would fence the entire U.S. southern border. At the rate of $10.2 million per a mile, covering the entire border, it would cost $20.4 billion. It appears Donald Trump is purposefully making sure that his first days in office are turbulent ones. The president-elect built his entire campaign basis off ‘draining the swamp’, and ushering in a new era where the working-class people of America and the president-elect, and where (continued the next page)





Politicians keep the promises that got them into office. But Donald Trump backing off this key campaign promise is just another in a long line of Donald Trump campaign promises that have taken their turn on the chopping block. In a 60 Minutes’ interview after the election, Donald Trump said that he had not decided whether to pursue prosecution of the Clintons. “I’m going to think about it,” the Donald said in his first interview since the end of the campaign. He continued “Um, I feel that I want to focus on jobs, I want to focus on healthcare, I want to focus on the border and immigration and doing a really good immigration bill. We want to have a great immigration bill. And I want to focus on – these other things that we’ve been talking about.” Trump told 60 Minutes that Clinton “did some bad things,” but that in the end, the Clintons are “good people.” “I don’t want to hurt them, I don’t want to hurt them,” he said. “They’re, they’re good people. I don’t want to hurt them. and I will give you a very, very good and definitive answer the next time we do 60 minutes together.”


“I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to consider your situation because there has never been so many lies, so much deception.”

-Donald Trump, second presidential debate



“They’re, they’re good people. I don’t want to hurt them.”

-Donald Trump on 60 Minutes



It seems hard for anyone to believe that a congress controlled by the Republican party, in a time when people are nervous about the rising national debt, to green-light a proposal that would spend $20.4 billion on the southern border of the United States. Congressional Republicans will remember that the last Republican president, George W. Bush, commissioned border fencing on the U.S.-Mexico border already. I am not sure as to whether the figure given by the GAO includes the essential dismantling of existing border fencing, but it should be seriously considered. The national debt is only $50 million from reaching a milestone $20 billion, and considering that the president-elect’s border wall proposal would cost more than the future $20 billion national debt, it would take an amazing miracle for Republicans to even vote on such a proposal. We should also consider the toll that it would take on international relations and reputation of the United States with other nations. The U.S. is considered by many nations and even more, people to be the land of immigrants, a place of a new start and opportunity. I’m not saying that for America to maintain that reputation around the world, it would need to kick the gates wide open, but it certainly will not help our relationship with anyone if a border wall is erected on the U.S. southern border, a border that we share with an important trade partner. Although it appears that a Trump presidency will bring about a new era of diplomatic relations. An era where Donald Trump threatens to defund the U. N and where he insults N.AT.O. An era where isolationism and a ‘what’s in it for us’ approach to foreign policy is the new status quo. That will be one of the most noticeable and arguably horrific changes in federal government that Donald Trump will bring to the U.S. when he swears the oath of office on January 20th. But one thing’s for sure. If there is one prediction I can make about the next four years it’s that they will be unpredictable, filled with party infighting, and just like the man himself, entertaining. ■


2 thoughts on “Paying For The Border Wall

  1. Mexico will pay for the wall, he was actually correct. Imports from Mexico are mostly agricultural. I don’t mind paying a little extra for my groceries to build the wall. The tax will probably happen, so through imports, Mexico will pay for the wall. Mexico will also tax goods going into Mexico as well, and that is OK. Actually, it will only cost every household in the U.S. about $120 to pay for the wall. Get me my checkbook and I’ll be happy to pay.


  2. Mexico already pays tariffs they don’t need to be raised. Either way the consumer pay and the tariff money goes to the government. The loser is the tariff money cannot be spent on other businesses. But Mexico for sure will pay. All it takes is earmarking the current tariffs for the wall fund. Whoops and then the US Taxpayer will pay and it won’t matter because they are already paying. Only a new tariff can affect that. Pena saves face, Trump has done what he said he will do and Carlos Slim helped broker the deal.

    Now on the autmobiles. Sure Ford and GMC are bring manufacturing back to the US. Check out the cost of an in country auto made by US unions. Meanwhile the Mexico plants are still busy building Fords and GMCs and Chryslers and VW’s for the rest of the world.

    A new mini Nissan in mexico sells for $8,000 all taxes etc paid and $400 a year for insurance. including liability for when it’s used in the USA. Cost of Entry? Zero. it’s licensed in Mexico remember? The high milage VW’s better yet. They were run out the US but htey weren’t banned.

    Some one ought to teach politicians basic economics. For sure Trump, Pena, and Slim know.


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