Don’t let it be said that Donald Trump has abandoned his campaign promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
A new bipartisan group of immigration experts said Tuesday that while Trump’s proposal is technically possible, it would likely be defeated by the Democrats and other progressive forces, who will oppose it.
“This is not a border wall,” said Tom Loeffler, the former U.N. ambassador and an expert on border security.
But if it were to be built, it wouldn’t be built fast enough to keep up with the demand, LoeFFLER said.
The proposal, known as Trump’s wall, would have four phases: 1) a border fence, 2) a wall with fencing along the entire length of the wall, 3) a concrete barrier at the southern end, and 4) a permanent fence along the border.
Loeffer said the concrete barrier would have to be stronger than the fencing that surrounds it.
Trump’s wall proposal would have fencing at the border along the southern border, but a new group of experts said the barrier would not be strong enough to prevent illegal border crossers from entering the U., and would likely fail to stop people from trying to enter the U illegally.
This is why you need a wall.
It’s not a solution.
And it’s not going to work, said Matthew Miller, director of the American Immigration Council and a senior fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies.
Loeffer, who was a top policy adviser on President George W. Bush’s immigration proposals, said that the border wall proposal is one that has been debated and rejected by several groups of experts, including the Center, the Cato Institute and the American Civil Liberties Union.
But his group said it would be the first to argue that the wall could be built.
The experts who spoke at a House Homeland Security subcommittee meeting Tuesday said they are skeptical of Trump’s border wall plan.
They said they have never seen a border security plan in the U: “The idea that there are no borders is not supported by reality,” said Kevin Miller, a senior policy adviser for the American Conservative Union and a former senior policy official at the White House Office of Management and Budget.
“The only people that have seen a physical border are criminals and criminals in transit,” Miller said.
Loeffer noted that some of the border agents and Border Patrol agents that border patrol agents patrol regularly in the Rio Grande Valley, which has a population of about 14 million, live in rural areas that are likely to be heavily impacted by a border surge, as opposed to more affluent areas where people living close to the border are more likely to have an opportunity to cross.
He said it’s also possible that a border infrastructure project could be put in place that could help slow down a surge of illegal immigration.
Miller said he’s not optimistic that Trump’s plan would work.
But, he said, “There are still good reasons to think that he can accomplish his goal of creating a border barrier that could work.”