President Donald Trump’s disastrous proposed budget has been released and sent to Congress in the hopes that hyperpartisan, callous Republicans will pass it. In the budget, it is clear that American taxpayers are going to be paying for Trump’s useless wall along the southern border with Mexico.
Prepare to watch the government sink anywhere between $12 billion and $21 billion of your hard-earned tax dollars into wall construction over the next few years. The failed businessman but self-described “deal maker” Trump thinks he can build the wall for just $12 billion, but the Department of Homeland Security which would actually be building the wall says it needs nearly double that amount of money.
If construction runs on schedule (and let’s be realistic about the inevitable delays big projects face) it will take around three years. This means right up until the end of Trump’s term when the reality of tax money wasted on the wall and the effects of mass deportations will be hitting home.
Already the effects are beginning to be felt. Texans are facing land seizures by the federal government. And all of this to tackle a non-issue.
Undocumented immigrants are now leaving America faster than they are entering. Undocumented immigrants are less likely to be involved in crime than native born Americans. Trump’s colossal waste of money on a border wall is just political posturing, pandering racism poorly disguised by lies that illegal immigration is problematic.
At least one important truth is emerging: We can build the wall, but Mexico is most certainly not paying for it. Now it’s time for Trump to sell the squandering of taxpayer funds on the wall to his poor and “fiscally conservative” supporters. We suspect it’s going to be tough.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.