To Stop Migrants, Trump Suggests Wall Bordering The Sahara, Says Spain

21 September, 2018, 02:31 | Author: Essie Rivera
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Borrell recalled that Trump said "the Sahara border can't be bigger than our border with Mexico", according to reports in local media outlets including El Pais and Europa Press.

The length of the US-Mexico border is less than 2,000 miles compared to the Sahara that runs for around 3,000 miles.

Spain is not one of them, so any wall would have to be built entirely on other nations' land. Most estimates for the Sahara put it at about 3,000 miles long from east to west.

According to Borrell, who was said to have made the remarks on Tuesday during a lunch at Club Siglo XXI in Madrid, while referring to the increase in the number of African youth migrants, Trump made the remark recently.

Trump and his wall promise has sparked a concern since his U.S. election campaign in 2016.

The minister did not offer any details about when the conversation with Trump took place, but it is believed to have been in June when he accompanied Spain's King and Queen to the White House.

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"While we can confirm that the President has discussed migration challenges with Spanish interlocutors, we do not have record of this specific comment", a senior White House official told CNN.

It would be similar to Trump's planned wall across the US-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration.

Spain has no sovereignty over the Sahara, but it does possess two small enclaves on the north African coast, Ceuta and Melilla, separated from Morocco by controversial wire fences.

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

According to the International Organization for Migration, more that 33,000 people have arrived in Spain via the western Mediterranean in 2018 - three times as many as in the same period past year.

The European country has seen over 30,000 migrants and refugees arrive by sea so far in 2018, making Spain the top destination for migrants arriving via the Mediterranean.

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