Shorter, Transparent Border Wall?

July 14, 2017

Speaking with reporters while on Air Force One on his recent trip to Paris, President Trump said his proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico doesn't need to stretch the entire 2,000+ miles across the country.

According to, he envisions “anywhere from 700 (1,126 kilometers) to 900 miles (1,448 kilometers)” of see-through wall."

“It’s a 2,000 (3,218 kilometer) mile border, but you don’t need 2,000 miles of wall because you have a lot of natural barriers. You have mountains. You have some rivers that are violent and vicious. You have some areas that are so far away that you don’t really have people crossing.”

There are about 650 miles of fence already in place along the border.

Earlier this year the government issued two notices for border wall proposals. The first called for a solid structure up to 30 feet (9.14 meters) high that couldn’t be easily breached. The second bid notice called for other types of walls, including something that could be seen through.

Trump said the wall “needs transparency” so that border agents are able to see what is on the other side of the barrier for safety reasons. Border patrol agents have reported an increase in rocks and debris being thrown over the existing barriers.