Few would argue that Donald Trump’s pledge to build a wall along the U.S./Mexico border (and pledging that he would make Mexico pay for it) helped to catapult him to victory in the Republican presidential primary.
But a Native American tribe, whose tribal land runs 75 miles along the Arizona/Mexico border, is pledging to block Trump from building a border wall on their tribal land should he win. And they’re not alone in this endeavor, they have the support of powerful members of Congress, making it all but impossible for Trump’s wall to be built on their land.
As a result, it is likely that there will be a 75-mile-wide gap in Trump’s border wall, should he get the opportunity to build it.
When Trump announced his candidacy he claimed that the wall he would build along the border would run the length of the U.S./Mexico border which is just under 2,000 miles. But as he professionalized his campaign and brought on Stephen Miller, who was a policy advisor to Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, as a senior policy advisor, he adjusted his plan to account for the fact that close to 1,000 miles of the border have natural barriers that make passing almost impossible and as a result a wall unbuildable.
But most of the 75-mile border, which is part of the Tohono O’odham Nation tribal land, is passable, in fact, it’s walkable.
A gap this size in Trump’s wall would render his plan to secure the border virtually useless.
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