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Border agency fields pitches for Trump's wall with Mexico

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I wasn't aware he was still thinking about building this. I figured it was just a publicity stunt to get votes from people who hate minorities.

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I think it was publicity stunt that the left actually thought this wasn't going to pass and now they see it slowly come to fruition. Go Trump!

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Minorities has nothing to do with enforcing borders. Stop trying to make it that and more than planned parenthood is all about harming unborn babies.

I've never understood why the far, far, left wants illegal immigrants?

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The wall is a publicity stunt whether or not it is built. The DEA has said it will not stop illegal drugs. It also will not stop illegal immigrants. It will only mean they need larger ladders, larger tunnels or better catapults.

Congress still needs to come up with the money to pay for the wall.

How are they going to do that with all the tax cuts?

Right, trickle down economics will work this time.

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The wall is a publicity stunt whether or not it is built.

Can you verify that factually, please.

The DEA has said it will not stop illegal drugs.

Of course it won't, but it will greatly impede and slow them down and add to that more surveillance, more border patrol agents, more dogs, it will make it a lot more difficult and troublesome to try and enter the country illegally. So it's a good thing.

It also will not stop illegal immigrants. It will only mean they need larger ladders, larger tunnels or better catapults.

Peyote time. ROFL you guys...my sides hurt.

Congress still needs to come up with the money to pay for the wall.

From unnecessary entitlements, we can start right there.

How are they going to do that with all the tax cuts?

Take a lot of the federal money that will soon be withheld from over 133 sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with ICE.

Right, trickle down economics will work this time.

Better than robbing Paul to give to Peter.

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The border patrol does not want it - they'd prefer the style they have now as it allows them to observe what is happening on the other side.

The people who live along the border do not want it. Their land must be expropriated, and they will sue, tying this up in court for years and costing hundreds of millions of dollars.

It will be an environmental disaster, particularly for wildlife living in the area.

Most major companies, including the three largest recipients of federal government contracts - Bechtel, Fluor Corp., and Turner Corp. - are smart enough not even to bid, and one of the largest cement producers in North America, Mexico's Cemex, refuses to take part.

It will not be built. This is all kabuki intended to show that Trump is doing something - ANYTHING! - to fulfill a major campaign promise. In a few years, it will all be forgotten.

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The border patrol does not want it

Yes, they do. What madness are you libs on.

they'd prefer the style they have now as it allows them to observe what is happening on the other side.

In addition to hiring more agents and better surveillance equipment, it's a package.

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/05/trump-talks-wall-border-patrol-talks-more-jobs.html

The people who live along the border do not want it.

Liberals and the far left didn't want Trump, but here we are.

"You realize very quickly that a situation can go bad in a second," King said, acknowledging the dangers of the job. "But I have a sense of pride; I know I worked hard for this uniform and this badge. I know that I'm doing a service to my community." Back at the training academy, Ramirez feels that same sense of pride in serving and remembering his brother's legacy. "It feels good knowing that I am protecting America itself and honoring my brother," he said. "Every other law enforcement agent or officer in the field, we're always there for each other and we must know we have one thing to do, and that's protect our homeland."

Their land must be expropriated, and they will sue, tying this up in court for years and costing hundreds of millions of dollars.

These things will and can be worked out, wouldn't be the first time something like this happened.

It will be an environmental disaster, particularly for wildlife living in the area.

Oh, boy, here we go.....

Most major companies, including the three largest recipients of federal government contracts - Bechtel, Fluor Corp., and Turner Corp. - are smart enough not even to bid, and one of the largest cement producers in North America, Mexico's Cemex, refuses to take part.

There are others that will gladly step in and take the contact offer, more exposure for them.

https://www.thestreet.com/story/13945461/1/these-stocks-could-soar-with-trump-s-mexico-wall-regardless-of-who-pays-for-it.html

Materials companies that could be enlisted are Martin Marietta Materials (MLM) and Eagle Marterials (EXP) . Oldcastle Inc. or France's Lafarge (LFRGY) could be involved as well. Construction equipment company Deere & Co. (DE) , which brought in $12.5 million in government contracts in 2015 and Caterpillar (CAT) are in the mix, too. Both could see an uptick in business, as well as German cement-maker HeidelbergCement, which has said it stands to profit from Trump's wall.

Steel for the wall could be acquired by companies like U.S. Steel (X) , Nucor (NUE) and Steel Dynamics (STLD) .

It will not be built.

Yeah, it will, it's already in progress and the negotiations are going on.

This is all kabuki intended to show that Trump is doing something - ANYTHING! - to fulfill a major campaign promise. In a few years, it will all be forgotten.

It's Kabuki for any lib to think that after 35 years Trump would be joking about this.

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“We don’t need a great wall of the United States. We do not need 2,000 miles of border wall. I will tell you, however, that a wall in strategic locations is absolutely necessary,” Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, said.

http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/03/23/border-patrol-union-us-mexico-border-wall-needed-only-in-strategic-locations/

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Let's get some insight into what President-elect Trump might really mean by his pledge to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. That pledge won him many, many supporters, including Border Patrol agent Brandon Judd, who sees the wall as part of a wider security strategy.

JUDD: The wall is going to be absolutely effective in certain locations. We do not need a wall along the entire 2,000 miles of border. And what I really appreciate about President-elect Trump is he understands that he doesn't know everything. And every single time that I've sat down and spoken with him, we've talked about a wall. We've talked about whether it needs to be the full 2,000 miles of the Southwest border or if we just need it in strategic locations. And he's been willing to listen and that's very refreshing.

Sounds great to me. Oh, don't cherry pick, please. Don't take snippets of what you like.

Trump had said the pipeline would be built with American steel but it won't since the foreign steel was already imported and paid for, before he was president.

But the main thing is, that it will be built at the end of the day.

Concrete is a hard one since it must be laid by a certain number of hours so probably it will be Mexican concrete probably Cemex which have depots both sides of the border.

If they can build skyscrapers and planes, they can build a strong wall as well and with increased border patrol presence and stiffer penalties and defunding sanctuary cities, it would drastically curtail at of illegals from even trying. Go Trump. If I were there, I would volunteer for free to help with this project.

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"Another suggests building a wall large enough for a deck that would offer tourists scenic views of the desert."

I bet Japanese companies want to have a piece of this action.

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This is like firms bidding for Reagan's SDI ("Star Wars") project, which was literally dreamed up during a nap but bizarrely taken seriously by far too many people. This travesty of a wall is in the same category.

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SDI is real. It has happened. It isn't quite lasers from space hitting a single target, but it is close - in both directions. Ground lasers hitting aircraft and space objects and drones hitting ground targets from 14K miles away. Of course, I'd rather not use $5K bombs to take out illegal border crossers. Wouldn't want Canada to do that to all the far left people trying to leave the USA either. We should have compassion to the same level we'd want other countries to show compassion (even if they don't).

I'm still curious why the far, far, left wants illegal immigrants. Why is that?

They take away possible union jobs. Unions are pro-wall, anti-NAFTA.

They use govt resources which would otherwise help low-income voters.

I don't understand. Why does the elite left want illegal immigrants when the normal middle-class democrats don't?

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Border Patrol agent Brandon is stating something than Trump so I hope he knowns which one is the real boss.

Trump is.

Your are confusing. So its for something to say something which isn't actually correct. Trump said it would be built with American steel. Can America even make enough steel to build the wall?

It might be difficult, if it doesn't work then there are other companies internationally that Trump can use to get the job done.

I accept construction isn't your trade but concrete movement is very difficult. From the time it's mixed and poured into a truck there's a legal time limit by which it must be poured into the construction site. With the wall in many very hot places that will be a problem for transporting the concrete. Like I said, probably just buy it off the Mexicans.

I don't need to be an expert, there are so many companies that want to participate in building this wall and you can bring the bags of dry cement, keep them in rotating at a certain temperature and move it to the desired location, we've been doing it for 100 years, seriously, you make it seem like some impossible insurmountable undertaking, please don't insult me. Anything can be done if the will, fortitude and the machinery are there.

I accept something of a wall will be built entirely with the American tax dollar but probably not all 2,000 miles and probably with a high level of Mexican labor and foreign materials.

That's ok and with the remittances and millions that are sent back, they can always put tariffs and fine them heavily on goods and products or when they wire money, there are many options open to them

Trump will be out of office even after two terms before the wall is built.

Maybe, maybe not, depends.

The existing 700 miles took 6 years to build.

How long ago was that exactly?

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Another problem recently highlighted was drug-money and guns going south into mexico. Figures were staggering as well as the number of US citizens involved.

Doubt the wall will make an impact on those figures, like the drug slingshots welded to the wall.

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The biggest danger here is that the US taxpayers won't be refunded

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