Trump’s border wall to reduce illegal immigration
Immigration has been a fundamental pillar for the current president of the US, Donald Trump, who is seeking re-election in November 2020.
Speaking specifically about illegal immigration, the Trump administration has implemented multiple action plans to protect borders and reduce mass illegal immigration, primarily from Central America. One of his proposals is the border wall that separates the US from Mexico.
The Trump government promised to finish the border wall before the November election. However, according to official figures from Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the wall is currently 360 miles long and has not been completed.
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The Trump administration diverts funds to build the border wall
In 2016, while launching his political campaign, President Trump stated that Mexico was going to finance the border wall. However, in the opinion of dozens of critics, that purpose was clearly impossible.
In fact, the Trump administration has faced multiple legal processes and controversies for diverting funds, which were intended to invest in social security, to the construction of the border wall.
For instance, in early March 2020, 19 states filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for trying to divert almost $3.8 billion, which was earmarked for military defense.
Now, the Trump administration faces another legal process for using funds, earmarked for national emergencies, for the construction of the border wall.
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Court of appeals halts the border wall construction
In February 2019, President Trump had stated that “a national emergency exists at the southern border of the United States” in order to divert funds from the Department of Defense and be able to complete the border wall. This came after Congress denied the Trump administration’s request for $5.7 billion to build the wall.
On Friday, October 09, 2020, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered President Trump to suspend construction of the border wall since the funds were destined for national emergencies. Several states such as Colorado and California joined the legal complaint, along with another 7 states.
The Court of Appeals declared that diverting funds is illegal and suspended the construction of the border wall in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, where national funds were to be used.
This decision was celebrated by activist groups and environmentalists, who assure that the wildlife and the ecosystem of the borders is tremendously affected by the invasive construction of a border wall that only pursues a political ideal, which they classified as “selfish and arbitrary”.
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