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2020 Presidential Election

2020 Immigration: The Wall

WHAT IT IS

  • A wall along the border between Mexico and the United States is one of the Trump administration's signature projects.  
  • President Trump believes there is a “growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border” and believes that a border wall will stop “uncontrolled illegal migration.” [USA Today]
  • President Trump declared a national emergency, shut down the government, and is now used an executive order to divert military funds to build the wall.
  • The total amount of taxpayer dollars used is around $11 billion. [NPR]
  • There remain questions whether the wall will be effective in stopping border crossings. [The Brookings Institute]
  • Learn more about the U.S. Mexico border here.
TRUMP ELECTION

President Trump supports the wall

 

What he's said:

"You're going to have a wall like no other. It's going to be a powerful, terrific wall," [NPR]

 

President Trump believes there is a “growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border” and believes that a border wall will stop “uncontrolled illegal migration.” [USA Today]

 

 

What he's done:

While in office, President Trump has

BIDEN ELECTION

Former Vice President Biden is against the wall

 

What he's said:

  • "... a wall does nothing to address security challenges while costing taxpayers billions of dollars." [Joe Biden Campaign]
  • Biden promises to fund better technology screening solutions at the border.  [Reuters]
  • Biden promises to improve cross-agency collaboration to strengthen our response, as well as work with Canada and Mexico as alleys. [Joe Biden Campaign]

What he's done: 

During the Obama-Biden administration, no expansion of physical barriers along the border was built but a record number of immigrants were deported. [Reuters]

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