Bids are out for President Donald Trump’s border wall and a draft plan envisions fencing and walls along at least 1,200 additional miles of the Mexican border by 2020. Here’s the status of the current border fence based on data we’ve been collecting and analyzing for years.
The federal government has spent a decade chasing a meandering paper trail, with researchers combing through yellowed government files, testing the faded memories of neighbors and perusing the local library as they try to sort out who owns the land.
Some current and former border officials say a new vast barrier would do little to help agents secure much of the 1,300 miles of remote border that lack fencing.
We’ve been collecting and analyzing data on the current border for years now. Here’s a Q&A to help you understand the job the new president has ahead of him.