Trump Urged Spain to Build Wall Across Sahara

Migrants crossing the Sahara desert into Libya ride on the back of a pickup truck outside Agadez Niger

President Donald Trump had a suggestion for how Spain could deal with Europe's migration crisis during a recent meeting with Foreign minister Josep Borrell, according to reports in the Spanish media.

The US-Mexico border is a little under 3,300 kilometres long.

In addition to all the stated reasons that it's illogical, Noah pointed out the biggest difficulty with Spain erecting a wall in the Sahara: "I can't even believe I have to say this, but Africa is not a part of Spain, so they can't just build something on someone else's land".

Spain has experienced a surge in migration, particularly over the past year as thousands of people attempt to make the risky journey across the Mediterranean in search of a better life in Europe.

On The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Noah took down Donald Trump's idea for yet another border wall - this one across the Sahara desert.

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The comment echoes his election campaign pledge to build a wall to separate the United States and Mexico.

The Spanish government has not yet commented on Trump's suggestion, but, a spokesman for the foreign ministry confirmed the foreign minister's remarks about the conversation, but said, "We won't be making any further comment on the minister's remarks".

In June, Trump received worldwide backlash when the USA government separated migrating children from parents, some asylum seekers after crossing the border.

The country does possess two small territories in Africa, Ceuta and Melilla, but these are situated on the northern coast of the continent - well away from the Sahara desert, which stretches across almost a dozen countries.

That figure represents 43 percent of all irregular arrivals via the Mediterranean this year, the IOM said, putting Spain ahead of Italy and Greece, also popular destinations for migrants arriving by sea. They have become magnets for African migrants seeking a better life in Europe and refugees fleeing persecution and conflict.

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