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Trump wants Spain to build a wall in the Sahara to address migration

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Migrants
crossing the Sahara desert into Libya ride on the back of a
pickup truck outside Agadez, Niger, May 9,
2016.

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  • President Donald Trump recently suggested to the Spanish
    government it should build a wall in the Sahara desert to address
    the migration crisis, according to Spain’s foreign
    minister Josep Borrell
  • When Spanish diplomats told Trump building a wall across
    the Sahara desert would be no easy feat the president said,
    “The Sahara border can’t be bigger than our border with
    Mexico,”
  • Spain has seen
    over 30,000 migrants and refugees
    arrive by sea so far in
    2018, making it the top destination for migrants arriving via
    the Mediterranean. 

President Donald Trump’s obsession with building walls has
apparently gone global. 

Trump recently suggested to the Spanish government it should
build a wall in the Sahara desert to address the migration
crisis, according to Spain’s foreign minister Josep
Borrell

Spain has experienced a surge in migration, particularly
over the past year as thousands of people attempt to make the
dangerous journey across the Mediterranean in search of a better
life in Europe. 

The European country has seen
over 30,000 migrants and refugees
arrive by sea so far in
2018, making Spain the top destination for migrants arriving via
the Mediterranean. Moroccans represent
the largest single nationality arriving in Spain
, but
people are coming from other countries in Africa as well.

Nearly 2,000 people have died attempting to make the
journey across the sea to Europe in 2018 so far. 

Trump famously called for a wall to be built along the
US-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration to the US during his
2016 presidential campaign, and now apparently feels it can help
Europe as well. 

When Spanish diplomats told Trump building a wall across the
Sahara desert would be no easy feat the president said,
The Sahara border can’t be bigger than our border with
Mexico,” according to Borrell. 

The Sahara desert is roughly 3,000 miles long.
Comparatively, the US-Mexico border spans roughly 2,000
miles. 

Beyond the sheer size of the Sahara, the other challenge to
building such a wall is the fact Spain would need permission to
do so from the African countries the massive desert stretches
across. 

Borrell spoke of Trump’s Sahara wall suggestion at a lunch in
Madrid this week, but did not clarify when the president made
these remarks. But
The Guardian reports
it could’ve been when the Spanish
foreign minister accompanied King Felipe and Queen Letizia
to the White House in June.

It seems Trump struggles to avoid discussing his desired
border wall in almost any context, and on Tuesday said a recent
visit to a 9/11 memorial in Pennsylvania
gave him more inspiration for his vision

“They built this gorgeous wall where the plane went down in
Pennsylvania. Shanksville. And I was there. I made the speech.
And it’s sort of beautiful, what they did is incredible,” Trump
told Hill.TV
in an interview on Tuesday
. “They have a series of walls, I’m
saying, ‘It’s like perfect.’ So, so, we are pushing very
hard.”

Trump’s plan for a border wall along the US-Mexico border
has encountered many obstacles in Congress. The president has
repeatedly claimed that construction on the wall is underway,

but this is inaccurate

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