The dialog surrounding illegal immigration becomes exceedingly frustrating when the actual argument is lost between hyperbole and fact.
President Trump positions the wall as the first line of defense from a marauding pack of criminals salivating at the chance to rape, pillage and plunder on American soil. This is not true. The wall will not stop any criminal from entering our country much like gun laws do not prevent a criminal from getting a gun.
Criminals seem to be adept at doing crime.
However, it is true that every illegal alien becomes a criminal the second they cross our border illegally. You see, the term “Illegal” in front of immigrant is the dead giveaway to me. The wall is important to President Trump only because it fulfills a campaign promise. I do not think he believes the wall will stop criminals.
The actual criminals will find a way to get into our country and will continue their criminal activity in America. That’s what criminals do and need to be stopped. That’s where law enforcement comes in and is extremely skilled at catching criminals. That’s what they do best.
I’m going to split hairs now but stay with me. The narrative of the wall should not be about crime or criminals. It should be about protecting our nation from people who want to enter it illegally. Of course, entering our country illegally is a crime but the majority of people doing it are not criminals until after they enter our country illegally. Did you follow that?
According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), “at the federal, state, and local levels, taxpayers shell out approximately $134.9 billion to cover the costs incurred by the presence of more than 12.5 million illegal aliens, and about 4.2 million citizen children of illegal aliens.”
Why would anyone oppose a wall if it can prevent or lessen that much money from being spent on annual basis?
A wall will serve as a barrier for most immigrants wishing to sneak into our country without permission. I’m OK with that and that is why I voted for President Trump. I want something that prevents people from entering our country illegally and a wall, or fence, accomplishes that goal far better than nothing but an imaginary line on the ground.
The Democrats refer to the wall as being immoral. How is trying to ensure people follow the rule of law in America immoral? The Democrats use that term simply to position President Trump as a heartless, mean-spirited man who makes Scrooge look like Mother Theresa. The Democrats, of course, were the ones pushing for the wall when President Clinton and President Obama needed it to get votes for their re-election.
In fact, they appropriated $16 billion for it. Now, a $5.6 billion request is considered too extravagant. And politicians wonder why most Americans dislike them with the intensity of a teenager staring at their smartphone?
The Democrats new initiative is for infrastructure projects. I agree with them because the Federal Government needs to make itself useful and improving the country’s infrastructure will help commerce. Interestingly, part of infrastructure projects is building those sound barrier walls we see along the highways. The walls protect homeowners from traffic noise. The most recent figure I’ve been able to find indicates Sound Barrier walls cost $2 million per mile to construct. That means the government will spend $6 billion after 3,000 miles of sound barriers.
We are willing to spend $6 billion to protect our ears but not the sovereignty of our laws. Does anyone else think that’s stupid?
Anyway, I suspect the wall issue will end soon. According to a recent Gallup Poll, “the top problem cited by Americans is “government,” and the second top problem is “immigration.” Uh-oh, it seems like the Democrats have once again misread the American public. The survey was conducted after the mid-term election and shows 16% of the respondents think illegal immigration is a problem.
But here is all you need to know. When broken down politically, 29% of the Republicans polled chose illegal immigration while only seven percent of the Democrats selected it as a problem. One of the parties is not listening to its constituencies.
Forget the rhetoric. Building a wall males sense to save the country money and keep the rule of law in order.