False: Mexico paid for border wall

By: Ishita Goel
November 25 2020

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False: Mexico paid for border wall


The Verdict False

Mexico's President has refused to pay for the US-Mexico border wall. The wall is being funded by the US government.

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Mexico's President has refused to pay for the US-Mexico border wall. The wall is being funded by the US government.During his 2016 presidential campaign, President Donald Trump called for constructing a US-Mexico border wall if he got elected. He stated that he would make Mexico pay for the wall. When he took over the administration in January 2017, Trump passed an executive order to initiate the construction of the wall. The wall got sanctioned with the federal funds available. The wall was planned to have an 18-foot-tall iron fencing, and barbed wire spanning about 654 miles of the total approximate 2,000 miles. The purpose of the wall was to secure the southern border and protect the United States' national security. The border has been monitored and supported by adequate personnel to prevent illegal immigration, drug, and human trafficking, and acts of terrorism. During his campaign, Trump announced that the wall would cost between $8 billion to $12 billion. But a Reuters article suggested that based on a US Department of Homeland Security internal report, the wall would cost approximately $21.6 billion. According to Congressional Research Service reports, the funds used to pay for this have been allocated from Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and various other departments of the US government. In May 2018, Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, posted on Twitter that his country will never pay for the wall. Similarly, in December 2018, the new Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador refused to discuss the topic of the wall. In conclusion, Mexico has not paid any amount for the wall; instead, the wall is completely funded by the US government. There is ambiguity regarding whether Mexico will contribute funds to the wall in the future.

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