The ‘Wall’ Continues to Be Built . . . Slowly

Construction crews install a new bollard wall on the U.S.-Mexican border in El Paso, Texas, September 26, 2018. (Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters)
Mile by mile, 18-foot bollard fencing goes up — but is it ‘big and beautiful’?

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE C ongress is preparing for one last spending fight with Republicans controlling the House. Senate Republicans are aiming for an additional $5 billion for a border wall, while House Republicans are hoping for as much as $25 billion.

There are two not-quite-accurate claims about President Trump’s vision of a wall on the southern border. The first is that nothing’s been done, or that Trump’s vision of a border wall remains mythical. The other is that the “wall” — or at least the 32-foot-high concrete barrier that Trump described early in his presidency — is being built.

What is more accurate is to say

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