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Not so Beautiful Wall

During Trump’s entire presidency, after securing around $6 billion from Congress and commandeering another $10 billion from the Defense Department, Trump only managed to build a measly total of 40 miles of wall, at a cost of up to $27 million per mile.

An article in the Texas Monthly magazine verifies what most of us feared would be true. Illegal migrants regularly scale the wall easily using makeshift ladders that cost about $5 each to build. In other words, there isn’t very much wall, and even where there is Trump’s “big beautiful wall” it is trivial to get over. Or put another way, the wall doesn’t work, and will never work, no matter how much money is spent on it.



  1. westomoon wrote:

    And don’t I remember reading that you can also cut through “the wall” with a skil saw?

    Pure Trump — a primitive, childlike concept, very poorly executed, and costing much, much more than a good solution would have.

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 1:08 pm | Permalink
  2. Wildwood wrote:

    I ask those who endorse a wall, how do we close off the border here and not close off the border to Canada, and the coast lines, including Alaska and Hawaii and they have no reply. Of course there is no reply, but logic alone would suggest that we can not keep people out who are determined to come here. I think the problem is that the people coming are brown, not white and if you don’t want to close off the other borders then the only think you want is to keep brown people out.

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 1:28 pm | Permalink
  3. Wabi47 wrote:

    The wall is a metaphor; keeping people forever in tents, and kids in cages was the effective part of their strategy, not the frickin’ wall. Heartless, but effective.

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 1:19 am | Permalink
  4. rk wrote:

    Well, who would have thought? I mean, besides almost everyone.

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 6:11 pm | Permalink