Since Donald Trump began his presidential candidacy in 2015, the idea of a border wall between the United States and Mexico has captured the attention, fascination, and frequently the ire of the American public. What many may not realize is that the United States has been erecting fencing and other physical barriers on the border with Mexico since the mid-1990s. See Borders: The Fence, Georgetown Univ., https://apps.cndls.georgetown.edu/projects/borders/exhibits/show/the-fence/overview. Today, more than one-fourth of the border already contains some sort of barrier structure. See Julia Jacobo and Serena Marshall, Nearly 700 Miles of Fencing at the US-Mexico Border Already Exist, ABC News (Jan. 26, 2017), abcnews.go.com/US/700-fencing-us-mexico-border exist/story?id=45045054.
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