I went through numerous revisions of my script. My early scripts went through the history of the border, the immigration policies, and related events that led us to our current scenario. I ended up simplifying the script to focus on conveying the current situation without the historical context and working on the transitions between the different points made in the video.
Before these changes, my script was focused on replicating a dialog you would have with another person and ended up becoming one long sentence with “ors” in between points.
The changes to my script made it less "human to human" dialog oriented and more of a human imparting their knowledge to another human without the back and forth dialog.
You can find the final script below:
If you have consumed news lately, you have probably come across at least one Trump tweet.
Maybe his "Secure the border! Build the wall!" tweet. Or his "From day one, I said I was going to build a great wall on the southern border, and much more. Stop illegal immigration. Watch Wednesday!" tweet. Or one of his other hundred odd tweets about the US Mexico border.
Trump's intentions are obvious. He wants to build a wall. How he will realize those intentions is another story and deserves a deeper look.
To do this, let's look at the current situation at the US Mexico border.
Currently, the one thousand nine hundred and eighty-nine mile border has six hundred miles of wall.
The existing wall is so long that if it is moved it could encircle the entirety of New Hampshire and Vermont. If we decide, we want to do that.
The wall is also made up of different structures and materials, including concrete bollard and steel picket fencing, designed to stop people from crossing, and steel normandy fencing, designed to stop vehicles from crossing. All strategically chosen based on their context and location.
You should also note that those twelve hundred odd miles without a wall are located in remote and isolated terrain filled with mountains, canyons, and deltas considered virtually impassable by past administrations.
The border also has twenty-five official border crossings, part of a border patrol system with twenty thousand plus US agents equating to one agent protecting every tenth of a mile.
Altogether, this system oversees the most frequently crossed border in the world, with one million individuals crossing a day equivalent to fourteen thousand school buses that seat seventy-one people.
You may be asking yourself "If this is already in place, then what is Trump exactly proposing?"
He wants a wall that encompasses at least one thousand miles of the border including some of the terrain considered impassable.
Last August, he called for this wall to be thirty feet. In February, it became a forty-five foot wall. Later that month, he added another ten feet.
So, we are not quite sure what Trump exactly imagines.
But we do know wall prototypes are being built in San Diego.
So where do we stand? No one is quite sure.
We don't even know if Trump’s wall will be built.
What we do know is that the fate of Trump’s wall will have major implications for America and Mexico regardless of its outcome.