(The Intercept)

"Best of luck with the wall": Donald Trump's Mexico wall isn't that easy, video shows

A video directed by Josh Begley shows the preposterous effort that would be required to build a border wall


Taylor Link
October 31, 2016 9:36PM (UTC)

In principle, building a wall along the southern border doesn't sound all that unreasonable. Making it the defining policy proposal of a major party presidential campaign is somewhat ludicrous, but the idea itself is at least a superficially plausible solution to a perceived defect in this country: open borders.

In a recent video produced by The Intercept's Josh Begley, however, walling off the U.S.-Mexico border is revealed to be a lot less easy than it sounds. In fact, the entire project is quite preposterous when taking a closer look at it:

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The video was made by stitching together 200,000 satellite images downloaded from Google Maps.

Donald Trump has insisted that Mexico will pay for the wall -- although he has declined to provide specifics about how that will happen -- and that it would only cost $10 billion. But estimates suggest that the real cost would be around $25 billion.


Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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