I suspect this title almost immediately made you think of the border between Mexico and the United States, and that was my intent. There are probably more positions than just two…build or don’t build… which is fairly simplistic in that this does not look at all the shades of gray that exist in the argument about a WALL.
If you wish to go deeper into this issue, you can go to the Brookings.edu website where you’ll find a lengthy essay attributed to Vanda Felbab-Brown containing the various statistics and her takeaways from discussions with Mexicans on both sides of the border between our two countries as well as other research. This struck me as left-leaning but there are valuable pieces to be found. This is not as simple an issue as some would have us believe no matter our individual positions on this issue.
The United States does have a problem with illegals entering across our border with Mexico. Those illegals are not entirely Mexican since there is a solid business of ‘smuggling’ different foreign nationals and illegal drugs across, or under, our Southern border. We do not get the Mexican government’s total support in the effort to contain the problem. Illegals in the U.S. often are supporting their families left behind when they came to the U.S. seeking a better life. And many businesses rely on that population for their labor needs. The American dairy farm industry might be a good example of where some can be found.
There are a number of jobs that Americans simply will not consider working at given conditions, pay, and what is thought of people working in those conditions. Illegals are a good source for these businesses. That is not to say that automatically every person working in a junk yard or in a massive dairy farming operation is an illegal resident.
The porous border lends itself to the smuggling of dangerous drugs into our country. The Wall, as currently envisioned would extend to a depth of 6 feet in the ground to prevent people from tunneling their way into the country. Yet, this article shows pictures of tunnels with lighting, etc. that are buried 70 feet beneath the surface.
I again remind people that we have another potentially very porous border on our North between the U.S. and Canada. There is no Wall and there are any number of places where one can simply walk across the border unseen.
There is another issue intertwined with the border argument. That is the issue of people from the Middle East who desire to come to the United States. Whether legal or illegal, many of these immigrants are of the Muslim faith. Not all Muslims are to be seen as suspect, BUT there are Muslims whose virtually singular reason for being here is to cause trouble leading to mass hysteria and the further intrusion into our society. Minneapolis has attracted a significant Muslim population which makes me a little suspicious of our porous Northen border.
I do not believe we were properly vetting immigrants even if they came into our country through legal pathways. We have seen the results in Southern California. I fear we could see similar results in Minnesota, and that is just across the Mississippi river from my home state of Wisconsin. Once in the United States, there are no state-by-state border checkpoints. We are free to travel anywhere we desire and there are no inspection points anywhere in those journeys unless we violate some law and are stopped as the result.
We could be seen as ‘easy pickings’ because we are. Once in our country, safe passage is almost assured unless a law is broken and officials intervene. We tend to focus on foreign threats when there are, in my opinion, no doubt domestic threats we’ve simply not yet seen come to fruition.
So, back to the Wall. Maybe that is, today, extreme on our Northern border but there is ample need for a more secure Southern border. That has been proved time and again. The old saw, fool me once shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me, ought to be taken more seriously then it seems we do today.
We are accustomed to feeling safe, and it is great that we can feel safe. But, ‘safe’ comes at a price these days and I fear we’re not yet sufficiently cognizant of that fact. Maybe the Wall could be augmented by more drones or simple manned aerial patrols even though that would not put an end to underground crossings. We worry, rightfully, about some elements of our population such as those who tore up Charlottesville, but there are other elements about which our concern levels ought to be increased…officially by law enforcement and unofficially by us citizens.