Immigration and Human Rights Law Review


When Donald Trump (“Trump”) announced his candidacy for President, one of his most controversial platforms was “build[ing] a great wall…on our southern border and…hav[ing] Mexico pay for [it].”On January 25, 2017, just months after Trump was elected President of the United States, Trump signed his first Executive Order regarding border security. This Executive Order found authority in past acts and the overall policy considerations of the executive branch. This article examines the relevant sections of the January 25, 2017 Executive Order, the history of the border between the United States and Mexico, costs of border security, immigration history in the United States, and arguments for and against the construction of the border wall. This analysis reveals the ineffective nature of further construction of the border wall and its inability to offer a viable long-term solution for undocumented immigration.