Trump wants Spain to build a wall in Africa to stop migrants

Camel trekking through the sand dunes of the Sahara desert near Merzouga Morocco

Prototypes of Donald Trump's proposed wall are being built near San Diego, California.

Josep Borrell, Spanish Foreign Minister, has said US President Donald Trump suggested his country should build a wall across the Sahara desert as part of efforts to address migration from Africa.

According to Spanish newspaper, El Pais, Borrell said President Trump told him to "build a wall in the Sahara", before stating that "The border with the Sahara can not be bigger than ours with Mexico".

"The Sahara border can't be bigger than our border with Mexico", he reportedly said, apparently unaware of the size of the desert.

Mr Trump won the 2016 U.S. presidential election partly by promising to build a wall across the 2,000-mile border with Mexico...

The Mexico-US border is in fact 1,954 miles (3,145km) long.

Trump's plan for a border wall along the US-Mexico border has encountered many obstacles in US Congress. Some parents were sent to jail while their children were held in foster care as "unaccompanied minors".

Trump Reportedly Wanted to Build a Wall in the Sahara Desert

They are situated a considerable distance north of the Morocco/Algeria border - across which the Sahara lies.

Fans and global media wondered how the United States would manage the issue of borders as a host of the 2026 World Cup.

A foreign ministry spokesperson confirmed Borrell's comments to the Guardian, but declined to comment further.

In recent months, Spain has been complaining about the surge of undocumented migrants who take hazardous journeys to reach the Eldorado. Out of those, 33,611 came through Spain.

Immigration is a contentious issue in Spain, as in many countries in Europe.

Spain has outpaced, according to the report, Italy and Greec, with over 43 percent of all undocumented migrations from the Mediterranean in 2018.


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