Trump wall: use con­victs

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

BOS­TON: A Mas­sachusetts county sher­iff has pro­posed send­ing prison in­mates from around the US to build the pro­posed wall along the Mex­i­can bor­der that is one of US Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s most promi­nent cam­paign prom­ises.

“I can think of no other project that would have such a pos­i­tive im­pact on our in­mates and our coun­try than build­ing this wall,” Bris­tol County Sher­iff Thomas Hodg­son said at his swear­ing-in cer­e­mony on Wed­nes­day.

“Aside from learn­ing and per­fect­ing con­struc­tion skills, the sym­bol­ism of these in­mates build­ing a wall to pre­vent crime in com­mu­ni­ties around the coun­try, and to pre­serve jobs and work op­por­tu­ni­ties for them and other Amer­i­cans upon re­lease, can be very pow­er­ful,” he said.

Hodg­son, who like Trump is a Repub­li­can, said in­mates from around the coun­try could work to­gether to build the pro­posed wall, which Trump has de­scribed as a pow­er­ful de­ter­rent to il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion.

Trump, who will be sworn in on Jan­uary 20, in­sisted dur­ing his cam­paign that he would con­vince the Mex­i­can gov­ern­ment to foot the bill for the wall, though Mex­i­can of­fi­cials have re­peat­edly said they would not do so.

Of­fi­cials in the Trump tran­si­tion of­fice did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

How­ever, in response to a re­quest by the Trump tran­si­tion of­fice, the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity last month iden­ti­fied 644km along the US-Mex­ico bor­der where new fenc­ing could be erected, ac­cord­ing to a doc­u­ment that has been seen by Reuters.

The doc­u­ments con­tained an es­ti­mate that build­ing that sec­tion of fence would cost more than $11bil­lion (R150bn). – Reuters

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