In 2014, Donald Trump first spoke of his plan for a bigger, better and more grandiose border wall between America and Mexico.
Designed to ‘put America first’, stop illegal immigration and halt drug trafficking across the border, what started as a plan for a 2000-mile-long concrete wall from sea to sea has now been scaled down to steel barriers in what are considered high priority locations.
So far, 28 federal laws have been waived for the wall to go ahead according to a ruling issued in December 2018 by the Supreme Court of the United States court.
Wildlife conservationists are particularly disturbed by the waiving of the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Air Act. A new section of the proposed wall will travel right through the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas which conservationists feel could affect the Monarch butterfly lifecycle and the migrations that capture global attention.
Tunnels leading from Mexico into Arizona and California are reportedly used as an avenue to smuggle drugs into America. While the border wall will supposedly stop this trafficking, since 1990 almost 170 tunnels have been discovered with countless more expected to be undetected.
Mexico has already deployed its National Guard in large numbers to turn back migrants without correct immigration paperwork. Not all migrants are Mexican. Many travel from Africa, Haiti, Honduras and other countries trying to reach the US border in search of a better life or job opportunities. Mexicans believe their vigilance is having an effect on stemming the tide of migrants and Trump has acknowledged their efforts.
But for former builder, Donald Trump, it is not enough. He wants the border wall that he believes will stem the flow of opioids into the US.
With 170 tunnels already discovered, will the border wall have an impact on drug trafficking into America or will drug cartels find more sophisticated methods to bypass the border wall and traffic illegal substances into Trump’s great America?