The promise of a 2000 mile wall along the border with Mexico has been at the center of Trumpism since the presidential campaign. But this week, Donald Trump seemed satisfied with a much lesser version of the project.
US-Mexico border, secondary fence
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It became hugely symbolic to his base. But actually building a 2000 mile long, 30 foot tall border wall along the country's southern border is looking less and less likely. This week, the president downsized the project's grandiosity -- saying it could be shorter, and "transparent." And even some potential contractors who bid on the project now doubt the wall will ever get built. Journalist and design critic Ian David Volner has been talking to some of those bidders, and wrote about it Foreign Policy magazine.