WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Today President Donald Trump said that he would be adding homes to the entire wall that will run along the U.S. border and Mexico exclusively made for American war veterans.
“We’re gonna build the wall, and we’re gonna make it so great, the best ever, a perfect place for our heroes to live, our amazing veterans, 4 story buildings all across that 2,000 miles of land, you’re gonna love it,” Trump told reporters. “We’ll be able to house up to 250 war veterans ever mile and because of how many miles my wall is gonna be, that’s up to 500,000 war veterans that we’ll be able to house right there on the American and U.S. border. I promise you, no veteran in America will ever have to worry about having a roof over their head ever again.”
The U.S. border with Mexico is roughly 2,000 miles long and underlines four states, from California to Texas, more than half of it along the Colorado River and Rio Grande.
Senate leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, said Congress will follow through on Trump’s border wall order, and McConnell estimated it will cost $15 billion at most — he cited a range of $12 billion to $15 billion. With the homes for war veterans, there will be an added cost of $5 billion dollars. But the Trump administration said that, “Mexico will pay for it, so there’s no need for American tax payers to worry.”
On the campaign trail Trump’s immigration reform plan called for impounding remittance payments derived from illegal wages, a controversial idea, and imposing increased visa and entry fees to the United States from Mexico unless the latter agrees to finance the wall. Trump is also pushing border taxes more broadly against trading partners, which could help finance the wall.
Marc Rosenblum, deputy director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Program at the Migration Policy Institute spoke to reporters about the current wall in place.
“The first miles of fencing were in the easiest places,” said Rosenblum. “There were fencing areas in or close to cities and accessible transportation, rather than deep in deserts or mountains. Additionally, the first miles were on public lands, while completing a border wall would require the government to acquire land from private holders and Indian Reservations. The GAO estimate for one difficult section of fencing near San Diego was $16 million.”
President Trump, speaking last year on the campaign trail spoke about the wall at almost every rally.
“I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively — I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”
Sarah Bradley, a spokeswoman for Sock It Forward, a group that provides the homeless and those less fortunate with brand new socks, spoke to CNN about Trump’s decision.
“This is a story about Donald Trump making his wall out of homes for war veterans that will run along the U.S. and Mexico border.” Bradley said. “I just want to say a big thanks to everyone that has supported our cause that gives brand new socks to the homeless, it means so much. Please, donate what you can, every bit helps.”
Trump tweeted today saying:
“Great news everyone! We’re gonna build the wall out of homes for our amazing war veterans! They’ll never have to worry about housing again!”
Fappy The Anti-Masturbation Dolphin, a mascot for a Christian organization that travels around the country educating children about the dangers and consequences of masturbation, told CNN he believes what Trump is doing is the right thing.
“A wall made out of homes for our veterans is a great idea. When Mexico invades us, I know we’ll be ready, thanks to our American veterans that will be protecting us at the border. Also, I appreciate Donald Trump and his strong stance on masturbation, he’s doing the Lord’s work. Praise Donald Trump!”
The Trump Administration has set up a 24-hour hotline to address any questions and concerns the public may have regarding the wall being made out of homes for American war veterans. The number for that hotline is (785) 273-0325.