President Trump has been promising to build a southern border wallalong the US-Mexico border since he launched his presidential campaign in 2015. He argues it’s necessary to crack down on drugs, crime, and terrorism.
A 1,000-mile wall made of concrete or steel.
This is what a section of the US-Mexico border fence looks like from Tijuana, Mexico. If you want even more visuals, here you go.
Some – like tall wire mesh fencing – are built with the goal of keeping people from crossing. Others – like shorter criss-crossing metal posts – are built to keep cars from crossing but not necessarily people. The Trump admin has eight prototypes for potential future kinds of barriers, including some made of concrete.
Some say no. For a few reasons:
Not necessarily. There’s evidence that barriers along areas like the one between Tijuana and San Diego have made crossing the border more difficult. Some people argue that in densely populated areas, barriers are important for making sure that border crossings don’t turn into a chaotic free-for-all. Others say it’s complicated – that different parts of the border need different solutions. EG: more rural parts don’t necessarily need a physical barrier but maybe could use drones and other tech to track crossings.
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