A Wall Rising

Trump moves forward with border wall

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A Wall Rising

Trump stands before an audience

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Gage Skidmore

Trump stands before an audience

Gage Skidmore

Gage Skidmore

Trump stands before an audience

BenG, Staff Reporter

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After much debate over whether or not he will truly go through with his campaign promise, newly-inaugurated president Donald Trump moves forward with an executive order, signed Wednesday, January 25, to begin construction and payment of the famed border wall running along the southern United States border between the US and Mexico.

Trump’s campaign was centered around sweeping, bold change, and the wall was the cornerstone of that campaign, but many, including Trump supporters themselves, never believed it would actually come to fruition. However, such a move is not as simple as many may think.

Such a massive use of taxpayer money must go through the phases of inspection from Congressional committees, and these committees will determine the fate of the wall, as set forth by the Anti deficiency Act, prohibiting government spending without Congress’s approval.

Trump said in a statement to the employees of the Department of Homeland Security, “Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders.”

This announcement comes just five days after his inauguration, and hot off the heels of presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative facts” quote after White House press secretary Sean Spicer called Trump’s inauguration,  the “largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe.” This claim was almost immediately debunked by a photo taken during the inauguration.

Trump made numerous claims about the wall during his campaign, yet left out any particular details about the wall except for what it will be made of, including height. One promise that rang out was that Mexico would be paying for the wall. After multiple former presidents of Mexico said that they won’t be paying for the wall, Trump said in a statement, “That wall just got 10 feet taller.” However, current Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto not only refuses to pay for the wall, but also rejects the idea entirely, and Trump’s actions are placing a serious strain on US-Mexican diplomacy, as expected.

Only time will tell if Trump’s wall will be built, if it falls flat, or if it’s stopped entirely by the brick wall that is the Congressional committees.

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