Late on Wednesday, White House aide Kellyanne Conway said that President Trump has “discovered” there doesn’t need to be a “physical wall” along the entirety of the country’s southern border.
“What’s true is that after conferring with the experts who are involved in this process … the president discovered that part of it will be, he knows, part of it will be the physical wall, part of it is better technology, part of it is also fencing,” Conway said during an interview on CNN.
“There are rivers involved, I’m told. There are mountains involved — there’s terrain that isn’t conducive to building an actual physical structure in some places.”
Many have advised against a physical border, including Texas Senator John Cornyn.
“I don’t think we’re just going to be able to solve border security with a physical barrier because people can come under, around it and through it,” said Cornyn.
Building a border wall, one of Trump’s key campaign promises, has been suggested as part of a deal that would include a legislative fix for immigrants protected from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which he is rescinding.
“I would imagine that the people in the room, both Democrat and Republican, I really believe they’re going to come up with a solution to the DACA problem, which has been going on for a long time,” Trump said at Wednesday’s press conference.
“And maybe beyond that immigration as a whole, but any solution has to include the wall because, without the wall, it all doesn’t work.”
During the immigration negotiations, Trump clarified to lawmakers that the U.S. needs “the security of the wall” on the border with Mexico.
“As I made very clear today, our country needs the security of the Wall on the Southern Border, which must be part of any DACA approval,” Trump tweeted.
President Trump campaigned heavily on a border wall during his 2016 campaign, insisting it would be the solution to the United States’s illegal immigration situation.
“I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great great wall on our southern border and I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall.”
On Wednesday, Trump delivered an ultimatum, saying he will not sign an immigration deal that doesn’t include funding for his border wall.
“It’s gotta include the wall,” Trump said at a press conference with Norway’s prime minister. “Any solution has to include the wall.”
“We need the wall for security, we need the wall for safety, we need the wall for stopping the drugs from pouring in.”
H/T: The Hill