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Will Border Wall Bring Construction Jobs?

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Bloomberg BNA discusses with Marc Scribner Trump's executive order to construct a physical border.  

Trump signed an executive order indicating that it is his administration’s policy to “secure the southern border of the United States through the immediate construction of a physical wall.” Later in the order, “wall” is defined as “a contiguous, physical wall or other similarly secure, contiguous, and impassable physical barrier.”

Any job creation will be minimal and temporary at most, Marc Scribner, the Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow on infrastructure, told Bloomberg BNA Jan. 25. The Competitive Enterprise Institute is a nonprofit libertarian think tank in Washington, D.C.

Building the wall won’t be a particularly labor-intensive project and thus won’t need as many bodies to erect it, Scribner said. “This won’t stimulate employment and there will be no long-term employment effect,” he said. Any argument this project could be a job creator is “bogus,” Scribner said.

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