Royal Oak Middle School students chant ‘Build the wall’
One day after Republican candidate Donald Trump was elected president, some middle school students in Royal Oak chanted enthusiasm for one of his platform planks: the building of a wall between the United States and Mexico.
The incident was captured on video and widely shared on Facebook. It took place at lunchtime at Royal Oak Middle School. As soon as the chants began, seventh-grader Josie Ramon, 12, said she pulled out her phone and captured the video to share with her mother.
“Tears were running down my face,” said Josie, who is Mexican-American. “I was so upset. A friend went to the bathroom crying. Everybody was chanting along with it. She was scared. She looked really upset. I felt really bad for her. I knew I wanted evidence I could show my mom,” Josie said. “It’s so unbelievably wrong. I had no tolerance of it so I recorded it.” Alicia Ramon said her daughter discreetly recorded the video and sent it to her. After Ramon shared it with another parent, the video spread and eventually and inevitably made its way to Facebook.
The short video shows students in a section of the cafeteria making a chant, as a student at a different table records. The video lasted only seconds. This happened today at Royal Oak Middle School in Royal Oak, Michigan,” wrote Dee Perez-Scott, who posted the video on Facebook on Wednesday. “It is so sad. Latino children were crying. The taunts, the ‘Build that Wall’ with such bullying power and hate from children to children. Just horrifying!” SOURCE
Trump’s border wall plan materializes – Construction to begin in March
Donald Trump plans to begin the process of constructing a wall on the southern border in March, sources familiar with the president-elect’s transition team told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The transition team is planning big spending negotiations with Congress at that time, which will include money for the wall — a platform on which Trump built his campaign for the presidency. He plans to make Mexico pay for the wall directly or indirectly by increasing fees on visas and border crossing cards, enforcing trade tariffs and taxing money transfers abroad.
Trump has said the wall, which will be at least 35 to 50 feet high and made of pre-cast concrete, would cost anywhere from $8 billion to $12 billion. SOURCE