Border Security

Mackenzi Hutton and Tavon Bass

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In 2014 the failed “gang of eight:” the effort to improve the nation’s immigration system. Democrats approved a $46 billion dollar bill to extend the border control. This bill was put to death by the house of Republicans because, “it allowed many immigrants who entered the country illegally to remain here,“ says nytimes.com.

The wall idea was all started by a tweet which Trump said this: “SECURE THE BORDER! BUILD A WALL!” The wall’s height started at 35 to 40 feet high in early 2016, but then peaked at 50 ft in mid-campaign, then fell back to 32 in January of 2018. Trump, various times, has changed his ideas about design for the wall. Also during early 2016 Trump said the wall was going to be built out of concrete with no windows. Trump now says that he always meant that steel and see-through supplies could work also. Following Trump taking office, eight prototypes of wall designs were made, four were made out of concrete, and the rest was steel. Walls then ranged in height from 18 to 30 feet. Trump now claims he wants $5.7 billion for the wall, but just like the image of the wall, the price tag has changed multiple times.

On February 10, 2019, the chances of another government shutdown increased. This was caused by Republicans and Democrats following talks about border security.

On February 12, 2019, Republicans and Democrats reached an agreement over border security and will try to prevent another government shutdown.

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