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Our questions launched an unprecedented report. See it at thewall.usatoday.com.
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Three words energized a campaign: “Build the wall.”

But could it be done? What would it cost? What would it accomplish?

The search for answers to those questions led to a landmark report by the USA TODAY NETWORK.

“The Wall” became an unprecedented examination of President Donald Trump’s border wall promise.

The project reveals the untold stories and unintended consequences of the border wall idea, through in-depth reports, documentary videos and behind-the-scenes podcasts.

The project also presents immersive elements of the report in virtual reality, and allows users to stand at the border itself.

And it creates a permanent record of the border before any new wall is built, with the most current map of the border fence and aerial video of every foot of the 2,000-mile line.

A team of journalists from the USA TODAY NETWORK spent about two weeks traveling the full border by car, by foot and, crucially, by helicopter:

More than 30 journalists went into the field to gather material for the project, exploring the ideas with border agents and vigilantes, talking to migrants and a human smuggler who guides them, searching for remains of lost border crossers, traversing holy ground with religious faithful and Native American tribal members, and even descending into a drug-smuggling tunnel.

See the full report at thewall.usatoday.com.

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