Trump’s “big, beautiful wall” was supposed to act as barrier to keep Mexicans out of the United States. But even the proposal has some insurmountable obstacles.
Worse yet, they come from Republicans.
In Trump’s proposed budget, he requested $1.4 billion to fund his border wall with Mexico. However, Paul Ryan has no plans of allocating the requested funds in the House’s latest spending bill.
Meanwhile, while Democrats are universally opposed to the idea, Republican opposition is what will ultimately kill it. Will Hurd (R-TX) and Martha McSally (R-AZ) represent districts that cover a combined 880 miles of the American-Mexico border and have concerns as to whether the costs are justifiable. In a letter to the White House, they wrote:
“We recognize the need for robust border security and infrastructure to ensure public safety and increase cross border commerce. We also have an obligation to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars.”
Per The Hill, there is opposition for diplomatic reason, as well.
In a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing Wednesday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) expressed concern to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly about a growing resentment in Mexico over the administration’s border policies.
“There is a lot of anti-American sentiment in Mexico. If the election were tomorrow in Mexico, you’d probably have a left-wing, anti-American president in Mexico. That can’t be good for America,” McCain said.
“It would not be good for America, or for Mexico,” Kelly conceded.
A Pew Research poll recently showed that 67 percent of Americans oppose the construction of a border wall. With full Democratic opposition, growing Republican pressure, and Ryan punting wall appropriations down the road, Trump’s “big, beautiful wall” is seeming more and more like hot air than reality.
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Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.