Within just three weeks, the Trump administration has catapulted the generally undercovered border region into the public consciousness.
Mexico continues to insist that it won’t pay for the wall — a fact that former president Vicente Fox comments about often on Twitter under the hashtag #FuckingWall. A new report made public last week shows cost estimates for the wall have soared to more than $20 billion – far more than the $12 billion figure Trump has cited.
Congress has proposed plans to raise the money, all of which boil down to a scheme for taxpayers to fund it.
Meanwhile, no one is sure what to make of reports of Immigration and Customs Enforcement immigration enforcement raids and ramped-up deportations. Trump said on Sunday that raids are indeed part of a promised “crackdown” yet “ICE has maintained that none of the enforcement actions were out of the ordinary from business-as-usual enforcement,” reports the Union-Tribune.
ICE agents have been conducting immigration raids in at least six (perhaps up to 10) states, including California; according to reports, the raids targeted people at their homes and workplaces. While the administration claimed that the people being deported all have criminal histories, many people without criminal histories were also caught up in the raid and taken from the country.