When will the border wall finally be built?
The US government is now trying to convince Mexico that it has the right to construct the border barrier it has been pushing for since 2005.
In a statement on Thursday, the US government said that the Mexican government was “in the process of negotiating” with the US to build a wall along the southern border, the first major step in the process to secure the border.
The statement came after the two countries agreed in a phone call that they were going to begin construction on the barrier in September, which will consist of an array of fencing, fencing posts, and barbed wire.
The US government has been adamant that the wall must be built in the US, but Mexico has insisted that it would only accept US funds to build the barrier if it would pay a $1.6bn payment to the US Treasury in exchange for the wall.
Mexico, however, has not paid any such money, and US officials have repeatedly insisted that they are not negotiating with Mexico.
“The US is the only country that has been willing to pay for the construction of a barrier to the border,” said a statement issued by the US State Department on Thursday.
“Mexico has not offered to pay a penny for the border fence.
We are negotiating with the Mexicans to resolve this issue.”
The statement added that US officials had asked Mexican officials to meet the US on September 11 to resolve the issue.
A separate statement from the Mexican foreign ministry on Friday said that negotiations were under way with the United States to address the question of whether the wall should be built at the southern US border.
“We have been in contact with the Americans, and we are waiting for the US side to give us a concrete position on the question,” the statement read.