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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Rasmussen Minute: Battle for the Border

Like a rock star, Donald Trump played to packed houses of adoring supporters chanting “Build That Wall” throughout the 2016 presidential campaign. In more sobering moments, he argued that criminal illegal aliens, drugs and other dangers were crossing the southern border with Mexico and harming and killing Americans.

So effective was Trump's messaging that even casual political observers instinctively know the answer to one of his favorite questions, “Who's going to pay for the wall?”

Mexico!

Now that President Trump has signed an executive order to begin construction of the wall, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has pushed back hard, saying Mexico will never pay for it and canceling his first scheduled meeting with Trump. The U.S. president made it clear beforehand, however, that there was no point in him coming if discussion of the wall wasn’t on the table.

Today the president will reportedly announce the hiring of thousands of new ICE and Border Patrol agents and the fast-tracking of deportations for illegal immigrants convicted of felonies. Eighty-one percent (81%) of voters favor mandatory deportation for these felons.

With both sides well dug in, this week's Rasmussen Minute takes a look at the U.S.–Mexico border wall battle.