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President-elect Trump Vows to Proceed with Construction of Border Wall

LADB Article ID: 80187
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-01-18
By: Carlos Navarro

US President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to begin expansion and reinforcement of the wall separating the US and Mexico shortly after his inauguration on Jan. 20. The project will likely become a reality because Trump has the support of Congress, where Republicans are the majority. The big question is where will Trump find the funds to embark on such an ambitious project, which is likely to cost as much as US$25 billion, according to some estimates. Construction and architectural experts believe that the huge cost of the project reduces the feasibility of constructing the barrier, which would require 339 million cubic feet of concrete, or three times what was used to build the Hoover Dam. Trump insists that the project will go forward and is offering some hints on how the wall would be financed. He suggested that the US would make the initial expenditures on the project, and that further costs would be recovered from Mexico. President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration, in the meantime, is adamant that Mexico will not contribute a single peso to the project. “It is evident that we have some differences with the next government of the United States, including the proposed wall, which Mexico will by no means pay,” the Mexican president said at a meeting that included several consuls, legislators, governors, and business leaders.

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