Newly crowned United States President, Donald Trump, seems to be in a hurray right now. He seems to be trying to prove his enemies wrong who were claiming that he is backtracking on his promises.
This is the reason that he is signing one executive order after the other, trying to fulfill his poll, promises, even if they don’t really fulfill his original promises. Donald Trump had said that he will build a wall on its borders with Mexico and that the bill for this wall will be paid by none other than Mexico.
The US President has signed one of his most controversial orders allowing the construction of the wall on US-Mexico border, though he hasn’t said as to how he intends to fund the construction of the biggest wall in the recent memories.
In the meantime Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto has said his country will never pay for the construction of the wall. He condemned Trump’s move to build a border wall in strongest possible words.
While speaking on TV he said, “I regret and condemn the decision of the United States to continue construction of a wall that, for years, has divided us instead of uniting us…Mexico does not believe in walls. I have said it time and again: Mexico will not pay for any wall…Mexico gives and demands respect as the completely sovereign nation that we are”. It must be mentioned here that the Mexican President is expected to be hosted at White House by Trump next week, said.
If you thought that the US-Mexico wall will be the first on the border, you are mistaken. The border separating Mexico and the United States runs from California in the west to Texas in the east. The border traverses a variety of terrains, ranging from major urban areas to uninhabitable deserts, and is the most frequently crossed in the world with approximately 763 million legal crossings annually. The total length of the continental border is 3,201 kilometers or 1,989 miles to be precise.
While Donald Trump and his team has said that the proposed wall US Mexico wall will cost around $10bn estimates suggest that it will be a substantially higher. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it may cost between $12-15bn. There is already a huge wall, or rather fencing separating the nations. There is 650 miles of fencing already in place and this cost the US government as much as $7bn.
There is not just the issue of construction of a wall. A BBC report says that there is a very huge tract of private land that will be in the way of this proposed wall and that land would have to be purchased, perhaps by legal force, or financial settlements made with owners. A Washington Post estimate suggested the cost to be at least $25 billion.