Trump’s wall will never be built


Gage Skidmore

President Donald Trump wants to build a wall along the Mexican border.

Sally Ehlers

Ever since Donald Trump was elected as our president, citizens have been wondering about his plan to build a wall on the border separating the United States and Mexico. While some contemplate whether or not a wall would prevent illegal immigrants from entering our country, others simply question whether building a wall of this size is even possible.

Frankly, the wall will never be built; it is unreasonable and expensive. Therefore, there is no need to wonder if it would benefit our country.

The US-Mexico border, approximately 2,000 miles long, contains a variety of landforms. It would be impractical to build a wall of this size and length because of these varying terrains. The wall would have to be built through the middle of the the Rio Grande, across deserts, and along mountains. This design process could take years, even decades. Not only would those designing the wall have to incorporate plans for these unique regions, but they would have to take into account common flooding zones as well as sandy areas that are constantly transforming.

Also, building a wall across these regions is also unreasonable because it would ruin the environment. As explained in the BBC News article “How Realistic is Donald Trump’s Mexico Wall?”, the habitats of many species would be demolished and migration patterns across the border would be eradicated. As a result it is extremely unlikely that this plan will be approved by the US government, especially the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The wall is an unreasonable proposition.

A wall spanning about 2,000 miles would cost approximately $25 billion in building materials, according to a Washington Post study. The government would also have to pay workers to transport the materials to the border and build the wall.  Trump believes that Mexico will pay for the wall, but Mexico’s president Enrique Pena Nieto begs to differ.

Prior to Enrique Pena Nieto’s presidency, Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico, said, “I’m not going to pay for that…wall,” as well as some unprofessional, harsh words that made his opinion very clear. As of right now  there is no clear source for money to build Trump’s great wall. No money. No wall. It’s simple.

There is no need to fret, or get excited. Trump will not build a wall along the US-Mexico border.