Donald Trump’s whopping border wall lie

“WE WILL PROTECT OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!” thundered the US President on Twitter. “Must pass tough laws and build the WALL.”

The immigrants, many of whom never intended to cross into the US but wanted to settle in Mexico, dispersed yesterday under the force of Mr Trump’s daily verbal assault.

The caravan is in fact an annual Easter event aimed mainly at raising awareness over the plight of migrants — although some have entered the US in the past.

The infuriated President promised imminent action, on Tuesday vowing at a press conference: “We have to have strong borders. We need the wall. We’ve started building the wall, as you know, we have a $1.6 billion ($A2.1 billion) toward building the wall and fixing existing wall that’s falling down.”

US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Wednesday announced that Mr Trump had deployed the National Guard to assist border patrol in the southwestern United States until the wall is built — adding that major construction was in progress.

Mr Trump has also described how work has started has started on his “great” and “beautiful” wall. But there’s a problem: it hasn’t.

Instead, there is simply confusion, chaos and despair at the border, and the President’s grand achievements are nowhere to be seen.

Donald Trump holds a photo of the border with Mexico, where he is deploying troops until his ‘wall’ is complete. Picture: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Donald Trump holds a photo of the border with Mexico, where he is deploying troops until his ‘wall’ is complete. Picture: AP Photo/Evan VucciSource:AP

Members of the California National Guard at the US-Mexico border fence near the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego. Picture: AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File

Members of the California National Guard at the US-Mexico border fence near the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego. Picture: AP Photo/Denis Poroy, FileSource:AP

The $2.1 billion for border projects included in the omnibus spending bill Mr Trump signed on March 23 is for repairing fencing, not building his “powerful” wall, Politifact reports.

None of it will go to towards developing one of the eight border wall prototypes the President has extolled. In fact, the wall — which sounds increasingly mythical — will not look like any of these prototypes, but all eight will “inform future border wall design standards in some capacity,” said Customs and Border Protection spokesman Carlos Diaz.

Photos Mr Trump shared in a March 28 tweet about “the start of our southern border WALL” showed the replacement of a scrap metal barrier in Calexico, California with a nine-metre-high bollard-style wall, in plans initiated in 2009, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“This isn’t Trump’s wall,” Border Patrol’s El Centro Sector spokesman Jonathan Pacheco told the newspaper. “This isn’t the infrastructure that Trump is trying to bring in. … This new wall replacement has absolutely nothing to do with the prototypes that were shown over in the San Diego area.”

The Calexico barrier was built back in the 1990s. In fact, much of the border has had some kind of fencing for years.

One of the border wall prototypes, which will ‘inform’ the final design, displayed in San Diego. Picture: AP Photo/Gregory Bull

One of the border wall prototypes, which will ‘inform’ the final design, displayed in San Diego. Picture: AP Photo/Gregory BullSource:AP

The President lashed out on Twitter this week as he became infuriated by the slow progress of a ‘caravan’ of 1000 Central Americans towards the US border, despite many never intending to cross. Picture: AFP Photo/Victoria Razo

The President lashed out on Twitter this week as he became infuriated by the slow progress of a ‘caravan’ of 1000 Central Americans towards the US border, despite many never intending to cross. Picture: AFP Photo/Victoria RazoSource:AFP

Mr Trump has also deployed troops to guard the border until the wall is complete, a plan that Democrats have blasted as expensive and unproductive.

“We have enough border control,” Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego told CNN today. “This is just a political fix for the President because he ran a stupid campaign.

“All they’re going to be doing is draining our resources.”

The former reality star’s wacky proposal is on track to waste billions of wasted taxpayer dollars, not to mention the human cost.

Mr Trump had been pushing for around $32 billion to be included in the omnibus bill to fund the wall. Much to his irritation, he failed to gain agreement.

The Republican President recently spoke of using Defence Department funds to pay for the wall, after his promises that Mexico would pay for it have so far come to nothing.

The United States’ southern neighbour did, however, agree to help disperse the people camping out with the caravan as Mr Trump’s furious rhetoric escalated to terrifying volume and he threatened to axe the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Mr Trump has not received any of the $32 billion he wants for a wall, only $2.1 billion already assigned to replacing an old scrap metal fence with a bollard-style barrier. Picture: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Mr Trump has not received any of the $32 billion he wants for a wall, only $2.1 billion already assigned to replacing an old scrap metal fence with a bollard-style barrier. Picture: Mario Tama/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

In Mexico, couples and families are drifting away to find a new life, with some staying and some trying to make it to the US alone. “We didn’t leave our countries just because we wanted to,” El Salvadorean asylum-seeker Elmer Gomez told AFP. “It’s for the safety of our children.”

He said he was concerned about the complications of “robberies, kidnappings, and all of that”, but his family would push on.

Homeland security secretary Ms Nielsen today warned in her speech at the White House that “border security is national security”. She spoke of the need to control illegal immigration and the Mexican border, claiming that a flood of arrivals was driving “unacceptable” levels of drug smuggling and crime that “threatens our very rule of law.”

The wall — “so big” and “as beautiful as a wall can be” — is still very much top of the agenda, whether it is really a wall or not.

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