Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Border Wall, Mile by Mile

Photo: Gregory Bull/Associated Press
What has been built so far along the U.S.-Mexico border, and what is expected next
The border-security deal being voted on by lawmakers would extend by about 55 miles the barriers along the U.S.’s southern border, marking a modest expansion rather than the transformative overhaul President Trump has at times described.
At the same time, the extension could take the total length of border barriers beyond 700 miles, because of the amount of fencing and other barriers that were erected by previous administrations, and that could fulfill a goal that Mr. Trump had set for himself in the past.
About 654 miles of the 1,991-mile border already had some kind of fabricated barrier when Mr. Trump took office. Much of the rest has natural barriers; approximately 1,295 miles of the border are river, and 696 miles are land.
“We have mountains that are far better than a wall,” Mr. Trump told The Wall Street Journal in a January 2018 interview. “The wall was never meant to be 2,000 miles long. The wall was meant to be—it could be 700 miles.”
Here’s a review of what barriers have been built, how they have been expanded, and what new construction is expected in coming years. --->
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