I'm rewatching this season of Futurama. In Futurama Season 7, episode 3, aired on June 27th, 2012, there is episode, and a part that I copied from subtitles:

"Decision 3012" is the third episode of the seventh season of the animated sitcom Futurama. It originally aired on Comedy Central on June 27, 2012. The plot is a parody of the Birther Movement. (Wikipedia)

I understand the birtherism part of the parody, but I don't understand where this comes from -- at that time (2011 / 2012):

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Who here is tired

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of illegal space aliens

taking our good earth jobs?

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Me, too.

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So, if I'm reelected,

I promise to build

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a really big Dyson fence

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across the Southern border

of our solar system.

Listening to it now clearly sounds like a parody of Trump, but I can only find references to a 2016 campaigning Trump talking about a southern border wall.

The earliest reference of Trump's wall I've found on Wikipedia is 26th March 2016.

Can you explain this line to me from a 2012 perspective ?

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    People have been mooting a big fence for decades, noting that the current little fence is almost entirely ineffective – Valorum Aug 18 '19 at 11:13
  • @Valorum Indeed, I remember playing a board game called Fortress America back in the 80's, and when I remarked how preposterous the whole thing was, the other players looked at me as if I'd just grown another head. – Spencer Aug 18 '19 at 15:25
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    Twist: the Birther Movement was a parody of Futurama. – Misha R Aug 19 '19 at 2:12

Illegal immigrants coming and "taking" jobs has been a thing for a very long time as well as drug smuggling and other reasons to illegally cross a border is a political issue and the episode is a political parody of sorts.

One explanation is that the cartoon gave trump ideas.

A more serious answer is the US government has maintained a wall of sorts across the southern border for around 3 decades its effectiveness is debatable but its cost is a matter of public record, government overspending is humorous to some.

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