Lyndsey Newport ’17 // February 6, 2017
The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, has been in office for exactly one week and has already began making his footprint on American history. After a very controversial campaign trail, one of Trump’s most controversial Presidential plan is coming to life.
Trump plans to build a concrete panel wall that would stretch across California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. It would range twenty feet high, ten feet wide and eight inches thick accompanied with steel reinforcers between every panel. He has formally announced this plan under his presidency and claims that even though this wall would cost over ten billion dollars, the country of Mexico would be paying expense.
Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña Nieto, has completely refused this idea going as far as canceling his meeting with Trump. The wall would cover 2,000 feet of land and would go five feet underground to prevent people from creating tunnels as pathways.
Many academics have analyzed this plan in depth and have concurred that the plan would be very hard to execute due to the climate surrounding the border, labor cost and recruitment, and the mere size of the wall.
Another problem that has arose around the issue is if it can be executed in the time of a presidential term. All of these factors have made experts say the plan is flawed and could leave the project unfinished or poorly constructed.
Just seven days into his presidency, Trump has very big plans for the United States. Just like with every new president there is no real way to predict the success of new implementations but to live through new changes and time.