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(Newsmax) Completing construction of the ‘Great Wall of Mexico’ to discourage illegal immigration along our Southern border would cost Billions, though experts disagree how many.
With an $18.373 Trillion mushrooming federal debt how does Trump realistically propose to pay for the border fence should Mexico, despite Trump’s ‘great negotiating skills’ refuse to do so?
The federal government starting in the 1990s built one section of a double and triple layered fence–near San Diego, then between passage of the 2006 law and January, 2013 the Feds erected 651 miles (exact length appears to be in dispute) of mostly single layer fencing across our Southern border which cost taxpayers some $2.4 Billion
The ‘Dept of Homeland Security’ has reportedly said that different types of fencing have been put up along sections of the Southern border according to the Washington Examiner this week. In total, some 352 miles have a fence at a cost of over $7 Million a mile, at that rate a full fence would cost at least $11.7 Billion (a wall would cost considerably more) not to mention all of the additional ongoing outlays which would include: lighting, more checkpoints, cameras, vehicle barriers, airport style metal detectors and personnel costs for a total cost of how much?
These are fair questions for voters and for Mr. Trump to provide answers to. While one may be willing to give Mr. Trump, the benefit of the doubt to his response nearly 5 months out before the first GOP primary ballots are cast next year that he’ll “build a great wall” this however, is not an answer that voters (taxpayers) should be willing to accept without more clear and concise answers.
One may be assured if Republicans and Tea Party Conservatives don’t demand answers from Mr. Trump going into 2016 that Democrats and Independents most certainly will.
Related: 64% of Americans Want Border Fence With Mexico –HotAir