New Border Wall Is Being Constructed In California But It Is Not The Same Border Wall Trump Promised His Voters
Images of a new border being constructed on the southern border in California are circulating. The images show tall border barriers being constructed to replace an existing border barrier on California’s southern border.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has shared photos of construction along the Calexico border in San Diego.
According to a press release by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), construction on the secondary wall along the border in California began in February 2019. The 30-foot steel barrier is replacing an older secondary barrier just north of the San Diego barrier.
President Trump promised his voters that he would be building a border wall on the southern border, yet, this specific length of the wall is not part of his promise.
This is one of those examples where words matter. The current construction happening in California is not part of Trump’s promise for a new border wall. What is happening is the construction to replace 50 miles worth of old border barriers. Right-leaning publication the Washington Examiner lamented the lack of new border walls 30 months into his presidency.
Trump continues to make the border wall a central part of his 2020 reelection campaign despite the lack of new wall being constructed.
CBP states in their press release that they continue “to implement President Trump’s Executive Order 13767 – also known as Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements – and continues to take steps to expeditiously plan, design, and construct a physical wall along the southern border, using appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve operational control of the southern border.” While that sounds good to advocates for the border wall, the wall that has been built to date is not part of Trump’s promise in Executive Order 13767.
Trump’s executive order on the border wall is clear that wall he is pushing is a new wall.
Section 2 (a) states that the order wants to “secure the southern border of the United States through the immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border, monitored and supported by adequate personnel so as to prevent illegal immigration, drug and human trafficking, and acts of terrorism.”
Officials within the Trump administration blame Democratic lawmakers for blocking the construction of the wall.
However, for the first two years of his presidency, Republicans had a majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate. During those two years, however, there was not enough of a crisis along the southern border for them to push through legislation to allocate funds to the border wall. The crisis at the border became one that Trump had to speak about and push for legislation after Democrats won the majority in the House of Representatives.
The Supreme Court recently ruled that Trump could use military funds to build his border wall and it seems like that might be the only way he can start delivering on a promise he made during the 2016 election.
As of now, the construction of a new border wall where there was never a barrier has not happened. Trump can say the wall is being built but the fact remains that the border wall is not being built.