AP FACT CHECK: No way to gauge Trump’s wall promises

SAN DIEGO – President Donald Trump visited prototypes of its planned wall along the Mexican border and promising a huge profit for the AMERICAN taxpayer if Congress approves the funding for the construction. But he has not yet indicated how.

Here is a look at some of his remarks Tuesday in San Diego and how they compare with the facts:


TRUMP: “It will save thousands and thousands of lives to save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars by reducing crime, drugs flow, welfare fraud and burden on schools and hospitals. The wall will save hundreds of billions of dollars many, many times what it will cost.”

TRUMP: “We have a bad wall here now, but at least it stops 90, 95 percent. When we look at the real wall, we are going to stop 99 percent, maybe more than that.”

THE FACTS: There are no measures of how well the walls.

Congress’ main watchdog that the government is not a way to show how barriers to prevent illegal crossing from Mexico. A Government Accountability Office report last year said the U. S. Customs and Border Protection “not to be able to measure the contribution of the fence at the border security operations along the southwest border, because it’s not developed statistics for this assessment.”

That is after the government spent $2.3 billion between 2007 and 2015 to expand the fences about 654 miles (1,052 kilometers from the border and more to repair them.

Without knowing how many riders will be deterred by a wall, it is impossible to know how much money the taxpayer will save in schools, hospital expenses, and other services.

Wall or no wall, the Border Patrol estimates that it stops, 81 percent of the illegal crossings by the arrest of people or getting them to run. A 2016 report prepared for the Department of Homeland Security of the Institute for Defense Analyses makes use of a different method and that only 54 percent of the people got caught.


TRUMP: “They are again law and order in San Diego when they hit a wall.”

FACTS: the Construction of 14 miles (23 kilometers) from the imposition of the boundary walls by the middle of the years 2000 — along with more agents, the technology, and the smaller barriers going back to the 1990’s brought a 95 percent drop in border arrests in the Border Patrol’s San Diego sector from 1993 to 2017.

But this action had serious consequences by pushing smugglers east to Arizona’s remote mountains and deserts, where many immigrants die trying to cross.

The overall level of border arrests generally remained between 1 million and 1.5 million per year to the middle of the years 2000. The steady decline in the past few years has led to the lowest arrest tally in recent years, since 1971.


TRUMP: “By the way, the state of California is begging us to build the walls in certain areas. They don’t tell you that, and we said no, we will not until we build the whole wall.”

The FACTS: THE Trumpet, a similar claim last month on Twitter, but has yet to say who in California wants to the wall. The state unsuccessfully sued to prevent the construction of Trump’s wall, who claimed that he was wrong to waive environmental reviews.


Find AP Fact that the Checks at the

Follow @APFactCheck on Twitter:

Follow us

Don't be shy, get in touch. We love meeting interesting people and making new friends.

Most popular