President Donald Trump tweeted late Wednesday night that his trademark policy of an enormous U.S.-Mexico border wall has made “GREAT progress.” The tweet followed a trip to San Diego neighborhood Otay Mesa, situated on California’s border with Mexico, Newsweek reported shortly after the tweet hit the president’s feed. The tweet includes a 45-second video backed by dramatic music that shows Trump meeting with U.S. border officers in military fatigues as well as with construction crews. One section of the video also shows him reportedly signing a document on a newly erected section of the barrier.
The wall is being put in place with the sole purpose of stopping illegal immigration and smuggling into the U.S. The White House’s 1600 Daily report is touting that Trump following through with his much-promised policy is a win for the American people and a change of pace from the broken promises many have come to expect from politicians running for office.
“As a matter of policy, it adds to and replaces outdated, often embarrassingly ineffective fencing to protect our country from human smugglers, drug traffickers, and criminal cartels…as a matter of symbolism, it reassures Americans that after years of empty promises from Washington to fix immigration, their voices mean something.”
GREAT progress on the Border Wall! pic.twitter.com/TvOYxgsBSv— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2019
The news arrives just a couple days after CNN reported there had been setbacks on three border wall projects due to “insufficient contract savings.” A court filing on Monday stated the details.
“Based on its work in definitizing the contracts for the original Section 284 projects, [the Army Corps] has determined that there are insufficient contract savings to undertake the three additional Section 284 projects authorized by the Secretary of Defense on August 26, 2019.”
Regardless of whatever bureaucratic red tape — which is no doubt par for the course on any major government-run construction project — it seems difficult to deny that the footage shows enormous, seemingly impassable 30-foot walls, which are seemingly going to be very difficult to smuggle anything over or through. As reported by The Inquisitr yesterday, not everyone is sold on the idea that the border wall is a tribute to Trump’s alleged “racism,” with many showing up to the president’s New Mexico visit with “Latinos for Trump” signs.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency reports that the president has so far overseen the construction of some 60 miles of the wall and he seems focused on continuing to push the matter, despite the bureaucratic roadblocks that have been slowing down the ambitious construction project.