The wind is the latest thing thwarting Trump’s border wall

by | Jan 30, 2020 | Immigration/Border, Policy

High winds knocked over a section of the U.S. border wall on Wednesday. The aftermath, captured on video, quickly went viral and led to plenty of jokes at the expense of Trump’s most famous campaign promise. 

The fall took place in El Centro, California, where a section of the border wall was being replaced and improved, according to CNN.

And while the stiff breeze caused only a tiny piece of the border wall to tumble– every inch counts. “The [Trump] administration’s goal was to build almost 600 miles of new wall by the end of this year,” reported the San Antonio Express-News this week. “Before Trump took office, there were 654 miles of border wall. Now there’s 655 miles.”

The Trump administration has fallen behind its moonshot 2020 goal in part because of the difficulty in acquiring private land from border residents. 

Trump’s border wall has cost taxpayers roughly $11 billion, or about $20 million per mile. 

Photo: Jeff R. Clow/Getty Images

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Fernando covers Texas politics and government at the Texas Signal. Before joining the Signal, Fernando spent two years at the Houston Chronicle and previously interned at Houston’s NPR station News 88.7. He is a graduate of the University of Houston, Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, and enjoys reading, highlighting things, and arguing on social media. You can follow him on Twitter at @fernramirez93 or email at fernando@texassignal.com

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