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Trump Border Security: The Wall Is Unlikely To Be All Physical. Many Technical and Procedural Issues Exist

March 9, 2017

The actual “wall” is expected to be a combination of a physical wall, border agent increases, technology, and aerial surveillance.

The budget is expected to increase by $4 billion, with 5,000 being added to the border patrol, and 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE} agents being added, including a increase in those at the jails when violent criminals are released, including in sanctuary cities. The physical construction of the wall may face the 60 vole threshold in the US Senate, but much of it might be done under currently in-place legislation.

As part of discussions with Mexico, he amount of aid to Mexico is being identified. The US plans to provide $135 million of aid to Mexico this fiscal year. Trade, including NAFTA, is an issue that will probably be addressed in bilateral negotiations with Mexico and Canada.

With regard to the physical wall, only 115 of the 2,000 miles in Texas are fenced. Most borderland is privately held, so this will be an issue. It may require eminent domain to be invoked. A wall along the Rio Grande requires a Mexican-US commission approval. Flooding and satisfying Indian tribes are also issues.

In 2006, Congress approved the Secure Fence Act that approved a 700-mile fence.

In the year ending in September, 2016.

Last year, 220,000 of the 400,000 immigrants detained were from Latin America, and were characterized as fleeing violence and poverty. The order returns undocumented immigrants to their country of origin. They would be processed in Mexico, before being returned home.

The Wall Street Journal has estimated that there are about 8 million undocumented immigrants in the workforce. The guidelines are broad, and could include those with misdemeanors, such as having an expired visa, or driving with an expired license, if a misdemeanor has been committed. Of 65,000 deportations last year, 90% were convicted criminals, and 2,000 were affiliated with gangs.

Will farmers, food companies, and builders face staff shortages? The Trump Administration has stated that it will deport criminal aliens, those who pose national security and public-safety threats, drug traffickers, and other “bad guys”. The 750,000 so-called “dreamers”, those undocumented immigrant children born in the US, will be allowed to stay. Mass deportations appear to be unlikely.

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