4 inaccurate things Trump has said about the Mexican border

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A man has created a GoFundMe page in an attempt to raise money for the US-Mexico border wall, despite questionable claims about it by Donald Trump

Trump supporter an amputee veteran Brian Kolfage had kick-started the campaign on Monday using the hashtag #GoFundTheWall.

He wrote:

If the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80 (£63), we can build the wall.

He’s raised over $2.42million (£1.89) out of $1bn.

The veteran added that he felt let down by Trump’s promise of a wall – a promise that hasn’t come to fruition – and decided to take things into his own hands.

Like a majority of those American citizens who voted to elect President Donald J Trump, we voted for him to Make America Great Again. President Trump’s main campaign promise was to BUILD THE WALL. And as he’s followed through on just about every promise so far, this wall project needs to be completed still. 

As a veteran who has given so much, 3 limbs, I feel deeply invested to this nation to ensure future generations have everything we have today. Too many Americans have been murdered by illegal aliens and too many illegals are taking advantage of  the United States taxpayers with no means of ever contributing to our society.

Saying this, Trump’s comments about the so-called border wall haven’t always been accurate.

In fact, some of his claims are incorrect or misleading, and feed into a negative narrative about Mexicans and immigration.

Here are some of Trump’s most outlandish, inaccurate and downright wrong claims:

1. The US president claimed construction of the wall is underway and ‘tremendous amounts’ already built. Wrong.

In a meeting with House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, he said: ‘Tremendous amounts of wall have already been built.’

This is not true. Some parts of the barrier have been renovated. NBC fact checked this and found that the administration is only in the process of repairing and replacing old border fencing – not constructing new barriers.

2. The border wall ‘stopped the migrants’

He claimed:

The wall has started very, very substantially and in fact you saw the other day the wall stopped everybody and it was only the section that's now under construction. They've breached it but only momentarily, it didn't take long. Momentarily. That was called a very momentary breach," Trump said in the Biloxi rally.

In reality, migrants who attempted to enter America by crossing the US illegally on Sunday were stopped by tear gas, pepper spray and soldiers, according to a statement from Customs and Border Protection.

3. In his first 100 days in office the US president claimed America needed the wall to ‘stop the human trafficking, to stop the drugs, to stop the wrong people. You need the wall.'

There is little evidence that human trafficking takes place over the US-Mexico border, Washington Post confirms.

And drugs are actually shopped through the border on the underside of vehicles that have permits to cross – not illegal immigrants.

4. Trump claimed he could build a 1,000 mile long wall made of precast concrete slabs 40 feet high, for $8 billion.

Fact Checker ran this claim by construction experts who estimated such a wall would cost $25 billion. A report by Senate Democrats estimated over $70 billion.

It looks like the wall might not be built after all. Trump decided to back away from his $5 billion demand for a wall on the US-Mexico border.

H/T Washington Post

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