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US and Mexico border fence issue intensifies as hundreds of migrants protest and scale wall

Apr 30, 2018 16:37 IST
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A handful of Central American migrants scaled the border fence dividing the U.S. and Mexico. They protested in support of the migrants. On the ground, dozens carried signs, sang and chanted in support of Hondurans, Guatemalans and Salvadorans. Most of the group of about 400 travelers who arrived in border city Tijuana on buses over the past couple of days said they intended to legally seek asylum in San Diego. Death threats from local gangs, the murder of family members, retaliatory rape, and political persecution back home prompted them to flee. Trump has been trying to build a wall along the US-Mexico border. He believes that the illegal immigrants from Mexico are smuggling drugs into the US. The US border with Mexico is roughly 1,900 miles long. According to an interview given to MSNBC, Trump said that he could finish the wall for $8 billion.But according to an estimate by Marc Rosenblum, the deputy director of the US Immigration Policy Program at the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute, the annual maintenance cost for the wall would be of $700 million. Trump has been asking for billions of dollars from the US Congress but so far his efforts haven’t worked. Millions are estimated to cross the border between the US and Mexico annually.