Rice University expert available to discuss Trump’s ‘great, great wall’


David Ruth

Rice University expert available to discuss Trump’s ‘great, great wall’

HOUSTON – (Jan. 25, 2017) – Rice University political scientist Mark Jones is available to discuss President Donald Trump’s planned immigration announcement today. The president is likely to direct federal funds to begin the process to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. Jones speaks English and Spanish.

“The executive order to build the wall should come as no surprise since it was one of the main planks of President Trump’s campaign in both the GOP primary and the general election,” Jones said. “While the size and length of any actual wall is likely to be limited, the announcement is symbolically important; it will be met with praise from Trump supporters and derision from Trump opponents, and without question, will further sour bilateral relations with Mexico.”

Listen to Jones comment on the topic to CBS Radio News this morning.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Jones, contact him directly on his cellphone at 832-466-6535.

Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.


Follow Mark Jones on Twitter at @MarkPJonesTX.

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This news release can be found online at news.rice.edu.

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About David Ruth

David Ruth is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.