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Border Wall

David Martin Davies / TPR News

Donald Trump ran for president with chant “build that wall” and the promise that Mexico would pay for it. However, getting Mexico to foot the bill for the controversial barrier doesn’t seem to be happening  and the wall’s construction still needs to win congressional approval.

On Thursday Texas Senator John Cornyn rolled out legislation that appears to back away in part from the Trump promise of a big beautiful wall that would stretch across the entire U.S. Mexico Border.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection will begin constructing the first segment of President Trump’s border wall in November through a national wildlife refuge, using money it’s already received from Congress.

The U.S. and Mexico have long enjoyed a strong partnership — though not without tensions. Now, President Trump’s alienating rhetoric and promise to build a border wall may drive a wedge between the two countries.

This conversation is a collaboration between America Abroad Media and WAMU.

GUESTS

Doris Meissner, Former Commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS); senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, where she directs the Institute’s U.S. immigration policy work

Of all the wild places along the U.S.-Mexico border, Big Bend National Park, named for the great curve of the Rio Grande, is the gem.

In Santa Elena Canyon in west Texas, the international river flows between 1,500-foot-tall sheer walls of limestone — a study in light, shadow, water and time.

The Big Bend region — where the ghostly Chisos Mountains rise out of the prickly Chihuahuan Desert — is sacred ground. As writer Marion Winik described, it's "what I imagine the mind of God looks like."

Shelley D. Kofler / Texas Public Radio

The deadline is Friday for Congress and the President to approve a 2017 emergency budget, or the federal government will shut down.  A key issue: whether President Trump makes good on a promise to reject a budget that doesn’t include funding for a border wall.

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