Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Trump Urged Spain to Build Wall Across Sahara

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Faye Gross | 21 September, 2018, 14:15

Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell claims that US President Donald Trump suggested Spain should build a wall across the Sahara desert to deal with the issue of migration from Africa.

Though estimates vary, U.S. Customs and Border Protection says that the border between the United States and Mexico is roughly 1,900 miles long.

The report shows Spain as the leading destination for migration in 2018.

Earlier this year President Trump said the wall should be made of transparent material such as plastic or glass to prevent people from being hit by airborne bags of drugs.

The minister offered no further details about when the conversation might have taken place but it is believed to have been in June when he travelled to Washington for the White House visit of Spain's king and queen.

Spain has seen rising numbers of migrants and refugees arrive on its shores in recent months, the result of a crackdown on a central Mediterranean route between Libya and Italy.

Spanish diplomats, however, pointed out that the Sahara Desert stretched for 3,000 miles.

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It would be similar to Trump's planned wall across the US-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration.

Spain also has two tiny northern African territories which border Morocco, Ceuta and Melilla.

President Trump campaigned on the promise of building a wall on our southern border and having Mexico pay for it.

Spain does not share a border with the Sahara.

The enclaves, which lie on the Mediterranean coast, have always been popular transit points for sub-Saharan African migrants.

A Spanish foreign ministry spokesman confirmed that Mr Borrell had said what was reported, "We can confirm that's what the minister said, but we won't be making any further comment on the minister's remarks".

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