reality of Mexican/Latin American in-migration:
- In the early 70's, the number of of migrants apprehended attempting to cross our southern border was around 400,000, about the same as today.
- This number in 1986 went up to 1.7 million, the same as 2000.
- So the problem today is about a quarter what it was in the past.
- However, border security funding increased from $263 million in 1990 to $3.8 billion in 2015.
So it's not like the Obama Administration was sleeping.
Great Wall of Trump:
I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I'll build them very inexpensively — I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.
Delusional, for sure, but if not, certainly deceitful. So let's start with height of wall. In August, it was to be 30 feet long, which went up to 50 feet in October, then back down to 35 feet in February. The latest? 55 feet.
So how much will this wall cost? Yesterday Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Mexico would not be doing the paying. I haven't seen any responding Donald tweet to the contrary, yet. McConnell estimates the cost to be $15 billion, at most.
as high as $50 billion. The entire budget of the Department of Homeland Security this year will be $40 billion.
National polls keep changing, but here is a CNN poll showing 60% against building it and 74% saying it's unlikely that Mexico will pay for it. A Pew Poll showed just about the same opposition. However, 67% of Republicans are in favor, and 84% of Trump supporters. Regarding immigrants, 56% of Republicans consider them to be a burden, while 78% of Democrats call them a benefit.