Jan 21 2019
12:38 pm
By: jbr

The US-Mexico border stretches for 1,954 miles. Currently, physical barriers cover 654 of those miles, according to US Customs and Border Protection.

What's known as vehicle fencing covers 280 miles. This is fencing that's low to the ground. It would stop a car, but people can easily step over it.

What's known as pedestrian fencing covers some 374 miles. This is taller and designed to block people from crossing on foot.

And if the Trump administration's proposal for $5.7 billion more for a border wall is approved, officials say they'll be able to build 234 miles of new and replacement barriers -- about 100 miles of which will cover parts of the border that didn't have a barrier before.

This is how much of the border wall has been built so far

R. Neal's picture

The current situation doesn't

The current situation doesn't have anything to do with a wall, border security, immigration or any of that.

The "wall" is just something Trump was told to say on the campaign trail to gin up racist fear and loathing among the red state villagers. Trump has no idea what it means and doesn't care.

Now it's a symbolic political football being used to project an appearence of his power and authority (which he does not have), gin up fear and loathing against the opposition party, and to distract attention away from the various investigations closing in on him and his family.

Congress just needs to do its job, pass a budget to fund the government, and override Trump's veto if necessary. They should stop ceding power to him that he does not have.

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