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The White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, gave a presentation on border security on May 3, 2017. He pointed to the fact that the existing US borders are already dilapidated and ineffective, and affirmed that the existing borders will be replaced by a “20ft high bollard wall”, something that the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) has designated to be the most effective way to guarantee border security. Spicer promised that under the spending bill agreed by Congress until the end of September, which would allocate an additional $497.4m for the construction and improvement of US borders, the current demolished borders would be replaced with a bollard wall. Despite Spicer’s emphasis that a concrete border construction plan is already in place, it is believed that Trump’s eventual vision of the wall remains unclear. Last week, Trump acknowledged that the wall would not run across the entire border; it would not be constructed in places where there are rivers, for example.
Our Verdict: None of what Spicer spoke of has been implemented, and his seemingly fastidious definition of what constitutes a “wall” reveals the Trump administration’s lack of a concrete plan. This is merely a rhetorical continuation of the constant theme of the construction of wall on the Mexican border underscored during Trump’s divisive election campaign.