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There will be a wall. And there will be stuff that gets in its way. Private property. Jaguars. Indian reservations. Desert. Egos. National parks. A really long river. Toads. Etc. Read:

The Wall

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump ordered the construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall and again insisted Mexico pay, flaming diplomatic tensions between the two countries. 

Reports USA Today:

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who had been scheduled to meet with Trump on Jan. 31, canceled after publicly condemning Trump's executive order Wednesday authorizing construction of the wall.

Again rejecting Trump's claim that Mexico will finance the barrier, Peña Nieto said, "I regret and reject the decision of the U.S. to build the wall."

The White House says a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports would pay for the wall. 

Build a wall. It seems simple enough. Like most things, it's easier said than done.

A paper published by the Americas Society and Council of the Americas points out Trump's border wall would mean private property seizures by the federal government. A wall to cover the more than 1,950 miles area from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico would bissect national parks and Indian reservations and cross borders of four U.S. and six Mexican states. The Rio Grande flows along 1,240 of the border's miles, but the border's terrain varies, from desert to mountains, according to AS / ACS. As of 2014, 653 miles of border fence already exist, the report states. The rest? The rest would cost a lot of money. 

Check out the report, which includes a history not only of the border wall, but a history of how the border itself took shape.

And while you're at it, look at this fascinating Guardian interactive dispatch on our walled world.

Brandon Azul, 17, walks away from a monument marking Mexico's border with the United States in Tijuana, Mexico, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. President Donald Trump moved aggressively to tighten the nation's immigration controls Wednesday, signing executive actions to jumpstart construction of his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall and cut federal grants for immigrant-protecting "sanctuary cities." (AP Photo/Julie Watson)
Brandon Azul, 17, walks away from a monument marking Mexico's border with the United States in Tijuana, Mexico, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. President Donald Trump moved aggressively to tighten the nation's immigration controls Wednesday, signing executive actions to jumpstart construction of his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall and cut federal grants for immigrant-protecting "sanctuary cities." (AP Photo/Julie Watson)

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POTUS Trump loves Twitter. Here's a feud from the last 24 hours, apparently prompted by a column written by Chelsea Manning, the convicted leaker who gave hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. One of Barack Obama's last moves as president was to commute most of Manning's sentence:

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017

Chelsea Manning responds:

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