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CAN THEY DO THAT? Great wall of Trump faces great hurdles


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WASHINGTON (AP) — Can Donald Trump really make good on his promise to build a wall along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexican border to prevent illegal migration? What's more, can he make Mexico pay for it?


Sure, he can build it, but it's not nearly as simple as he says.


Constructing the wall, now a signature applause line at Trump campaign rallies, is a complicated endeavor, fraught with difficulties. Numerous bureaucratic, diplomatic, environmental, monetary and logistical hurdles must be overcome.


And forcing the Mexican government to foot the bill won't be easy, especially since its president has flat-out refused.


A physical barrier between Mexico and the United States has been tried before.


During President George W. Bush's second term, Congress authorized $1.2 billion to build several hundred miles of double-layer fencing but the government faced myriad obstacles. Private landowners objecting to buyout offers. There were environmental concerns and lawsuits.Scissors-32x32.png

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