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Poll: 61 Percent Of Texans Oppose Border Wall

| by Jordan Smith

More than 60 percent of Texans oppose President Donald Trump's plan to build a border wall, according to a recent poll.

Texas Lyceum, a non-partisan non-profit, conducted the survey April 3-9, The Hill reported.

61 percent of respondents said they opposed construction of the wall, compared to 35 percent who stated they were in favor.

The border wall was one of Trump's main promises during the presidential election campaign. The source of funding for the wall remains unclear. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has $20 million available to spend on it, but official estimates suggest the structure will cost at least $21 billion.

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The survey also asked Texans about their views on Trump's immigration policies -- 50 percent responded that they thought Trump would deport all illegal immigrants, while 40 percent thought he would not.

58 percent stated they were dissatisfied with the way the president was handling legal and illegal immigration issues, compared to 38 percent who approved.

62 percent expressed their opposition to the deportation of illegal immigrants, while 31 percent supported doing so.

The poll results came as Senate Democrats released a report estimating that completing Trump's proposed border wall would cost $66.9 billion. The report's authors acknowledged that the calculation was based on extrapolation from information obtained from CBP, rather than hard data.

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"That amounts to a total cost to every American man, woman, and child of over $200," the report added, according to TIME.

The report noted that the price tag did not include costs for land acquisition and wall maintenance.

But according to Secretary for Homeland Security John Kelly, Trump's plan does not envisage a wall stretching "from sea to shining sea." He said in testimony earlier in April that it would be made up of barriers placed at strategic locations.

This may mean the Democrats' cost projection is too high.

During the election campaign, Trump pledged that he would persuade Mexico to pay for the wall, but the Mexican government has widely rebuffed this proposal.

Funding for the wall will be a major issue when Congress returns from its spring recess. A spending bill must be passed by April 28 in order to avert a government shutdown, and Democrats have warned Republicans not to include wall funding in it if they want to obtain Democratic support.

Another complication emerged when it was reported April 16 that construction of the wall could see some Americans left on its southern side.

In Brownsville, Texas, located in the Rio Grande Valley, some residents told Daily Mail they could be cut off.

"How would we get out?" 88-year-old Pamela Taylor asked the Mail. "Do they realize that they're penalizing people that live along this river on the American side?"

Sources: The Hill, TIME, Daily Mail / Photo credit: Shealah Craighead/Wikimedia Commons

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