Trump Promised a Wall, But Is It Doable?

November 29, 2016 01:39 PM
President Donald J. Trump

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump vowed to build a wall on the U.S. – Mexico border and have Mexico pay for it. While the Mexican government has denied it will pay for the wall, it might not be feasible to build a nearly 2,000 mile wall.

On AgriTalk Tuesday, J Carnes of Winter Garden Produce in Uvalde, Tx. said the physical nature of the border wouldn’t allow for a wall. He said in higher traffic areas and bigger cities, a wall would make sense. He, and others, have one major concern.

“As we go through more and more of these security-type measures, we haven’t fixed the problem,” said Carnes.

Most of Winter Garden Produce’s fields are approximately 50 miles from the border, and Carnes has witnessed a lot of people have legal means to be in the U.S. on a daily or weekly basis. Some, he said, have homes on either side of the border.

“We really need a guest worker program that works for employers that’s able to satisfy our labor needs,” said Carnes.

Listen to Carnes discuss NAFTA, how immigration control is a “multi-faceted approach” and he fields questions from Jim Wiesmeyer of Informa and John Phipps of U.S. Farm Report on AgriTalk above.

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