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Will A Wall Really Stop Illegals?

Before there was a migrant caravan, there were illegal immigrants who made it their life’s mission to sneak into the United States by any means necessary.

This has not changed, although most of everyone’s attention is on the Honduran migrants who are heading this way in the thousands.

Recently, a video was taken and shared on ABC News that showed illegal immigrants climbing and sitting on the border fence near Friendship Park separating Mexico and the US.

Although agents are keeping watch on the USA side of the park, they are not aware of those who are climbing over the fence near the beach.

How to stop an approaching storm?

Thus far, the migrants that are headed this way are in the thousands and they aren’t slowing down. What started as only hundreds quickly became over 4,000 in a matter of weeks.

This has led to Trump demanding more military support to protect American borders, but thus far the only thing we are seeing is the amazing amount of support the migrants are getting on their journey!

Private groups are providing buses, financial support, and rides to migrants who are on a mission to seek asylum upon their arrival to the United States. This begs the question of whether America is truly ready for the individuals that will soon be knock, knock, knocking on the US door?

Hundreds have already made it to Mexico, with hundreds more on the way. We have historically struggled to protect our borders from what was once called “illegal aliens,” and it seems as if we will struggle a million times more once the migrants reach their destination.

Will a wall really work?

America has relied on a mere fence (which looks like a wall) for decades and somehow the individuals who are seeking their place in America have found a way to get around it…or over it.

Now, Trump has been approved for his “wall” which will be an 18-to 30-foot barrier that is more like another fence…but the agents are required to call it a wall. Whatever! The point is that the fence-wall is supposed to be the answer to keeping people out who aren’t supposed to be here.

This opens so many doors to the issue of exactly who has the right to decide exactly who can’t come into America, but hey…another time, perhaps.

Right now, the wall is estimated to cost $73.3 million American dollars and it isn’t going to look any different from the fence that separates us from Mexico right now. If individuals are able to climb the current fence without being caught or stopped by border patrol, what makes anyone believe this new “wall” will be any better?

Building a new and improved wall to protect American borders sounds nice but will it really work? We can’t play favorites by spending money to keep certain people out at the same time that we give money away to bring others in.

We want our cake and we want to eat it too by professing to take anyone who is in need of protection and asylum, only to then say “except you guys” in the very same breath. Time will tell how this will play out, but until then, the migrants are closing in and they aren’t going to just sit at the border for long.

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Audra L. is an author, columnist and community activist who's dedicated to finding truth through research and effective communication. She received her degree in Public Policy and teaches Community Development, Public Speaking and Communications Law to youth throughout the nation. She is the recipient of over 23 awards and honors for her commitment to community outreach initiatives.

29 comments

  1. Ask Israel if a wall helped them. Ask Israel if sealing off the cockpits of their commercial airlines has helped them. Ask Israel if totally vetting people before they fly into Israel has helped them. All of these are vital to Israel’s well being and survival.

    Because of America’s political correctness, none of these actions are welcome in our country. So, we just go merrily along doing the same stupid things, expecting a different outcome.

  2. IF WE ARE SUBJECTED THOSE WHO WOULD STEAL,ROB, OR PILLAGE OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, BUY LAW WE WOULD ARREST AND,,PROSECUTE AND INCARSURATE THOSE PERSONS.
    THE SAME FOR THOSE WHO VIOLATE ANY OF OUR WRITTEN LAWS. ARREST ,PROSECUTE, AND INCARSURATE THEM.

    NOW, WE ARE DEALING WITH U.N. AMERICANS, WHO TEST OUR STRENGTH AND PATIENCE AND TELL US WHAT THEY WANT AND NOT WHAT WE ARE WILLING TO LISTEN TO, AND DECIDE BY THE LAWS OF THIS NATION.

    THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF THIS IS TO CLOSE OUR BORDERS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. ALL VIOLATORS, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC WILL RISK THEIR LIVES BY ATTEMPTING TO TEST OUR PROTECTING OF OUR NATION. AFTER ALL, THOSE ATTEMPTS ENDANGER THE LIVES AND SAFTEY OF AMERICANS.

    IT’S TIME WE TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY. AND THOSE AMERICANS WHO SUPPORT THEIR DRUG HABITS BY DEALING WITH SOUTH,OR NORTH OF THE BORDER DEALERS. NEED TO BE SUBJECTED TO LOSING CITIZENSHIP AND EXTRACTED FROM OUR NATION……..THIS IS MY COUNTRY……..AND IF IT’S YOURS TOO……AS AN AMERICAN …..WAKE UP AND DEMAND OUR GOVT. BE AMERICAN AND PUT YOUR $$$$$$GREED ASIDE……….BE AN AMERICAN ALSO. JOHN SMITH

    • It is rude to YELL like that, and try spell check. People who were born here and educated here have no excuse for speaking and spelling and writing English incorrectly. Also, there are more Mexicans leaving the USA than coming here, so the wall is a stupid waste of money and time and energy that should be spent on more important things. http://www.pewhispanic.org/2015/11/19/more-mexicans-leaving-than-coming-to-the-u-s/

      • With 31 MILLION illegals here already, it will take 1000 years to get rid of the ones we’ve already got, and, in the meantime, more are coming in daily as you can see. The number leaving is such a small number it does not help the situation.

  3. THE WALL IS IMPERATIVE FOR OUR SAFETY AS A NATION AND IS NOT JUST AGAINST A SPECIFIC PEOPLE… MANY DIFFERENT NATIONALITIES ARE COMING THROUGH MEXICO….ALL…ALL SHOULD BE ALLOWED IN THROUGH THE LEGAL PORTS OF ENTRY
    NOT JUST THE IMAGINARY FEW YOU SEEM TO THINK EXIST….THIS IS A NATION BUILT ON GOD, PRAYER, AND IMMIGRANTS….LEGAL….NONPARASITIC ON ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS…WORKING, CONTRIBUTORY, PEOPLES THAT TRULY DESIRED THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE, NOT WANTING TO CHANGE US TO SHARIA LAW, DEFYING OUR HISTORY AS A COHESIVE AMERICAN PEOPLE RATHER THAN …IM A _______ AMERICAN…JUST AMERICANS
    WE ARE A NATION SO POLITICALLY CORRECT THAT WE ARE MORALLY BANKRUPT

    • Quit yelling and take your meds. Nothing you said makes any sense or is backed up by facts. More Mexicans are leaving than arriving here. Try to keep up: http://www.pewhispanic.org/2015/11/19/more-mexicans-leaving-than-coming-to-the-u-s/

      • S.A. CLARK. YOU ARE SO IGNORANT TO THE HAPPENINGS. DID MOMMY AND DADDY SHOUT AT YOU TOO MUCH…….IF YOU HAD BRAIN ONE. YOU WOULD REALIZE THE CARAVAN IS APPROX 14,000 BODIES STRONG, MADE UP OF AT LEAST SIX KNOWN NATION’S
        YOUR UNDER THE TABLE SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE NUMBER OF MEXICANS IS SO STUPID….
        BEFORE YOU WRITE AGAIN GET SOMEONE WITH A BRAIN TO TUTOR YOU FIRST.

        AND I LIKE YOUR AGREEING WITH KIM,THAT WE DON’T NEED A WALL………WOULD A SUBWAY BE BETTER FOR YOU TWO LADIES???

  4. Isreal built a wall and produced 95% favorable results. The wall he wants is going to help our border
    agents and keep them safer. Build the wall. Everybody talks about the cost. How about the cost
    of illegals that come here and suck our resources. Now that is billions and needs to stop.
    We want people who love our country, respect our flag and can take care of themselves. We also need to check them for a disease.
    When immigrants came through Elis Island they were truly checked out and they did not have any sort of
    welfare. Many were sent back if they did not fit our criteria. Save this country for our next generation.
    When Muslims come here many do not assimilate and want to change us and should not be here. Former immigrants worked hard, asked for nothing, loved America and followed our laws. Wake up America and read the history of Jefferson and Churchill which were extreme patriots and you will learn something about American history. Build the wall like you lock your doors at home.
    Read Secret Empires by Peter Schweizer and you can get upset about how our politicians waste money and smash and grab for their own benefits and their friends. This is what Americans should be bonkers about.
    The wall is a pittance compared to the waste in Washington. That wall is a great investment. If your wife or husband was a border patrol agent you would be for it and where they have improved it they say it works. Forget politicians, ask the people who are working to protects us..they know best.

  5. As a conservative, and against illegal immigration, I am not sure a wall is the answer.

    And? What if ends up keeping us in as much as keeping them out?

  6. Norman Hinderliter

    The BEST people to ask about this, would be the Soviet Communist Party, and the Allied Kommandatura. This, and the people of Germany. Why? Because the Soviets TRIED such a wall, in Germany, beginning, in 1950, and not only spent $1 billion (U.S. Dollars), on building phase one, but over $550 million, per year, trying to keep the wall standing. History tells us what became of this wall. I predict the EXACT SAME fate, for the new Berlin Wall, along the Texas/Mexico border. If this project FAILED, for the Soviets, then HOW will REPEATING this make America, “safer”?????

  7. WHERE are the vomments???

  8. Without a border we are not a country. The fence will slow illegals down but will never stop them, only enforcement will.

    Currently we have one political party that see’s the illegals as new voters for them and that has to stop immediately. No other country in the world allows this so why should we want our country too.

    • Illegals cannot vote, so they are not looked upon as potential voters. More Mexicans are leaving than arriving, so the problem is taking car of itself. A wall is not necessary and is a big political stunt that will cost a billion bucks plus

  9. So let’s allow more people in, make sure they get registered legally, and return to the mostly-open (but rigorously recorded) immigration that my (and most of our) ancestors arrived by. I realize that I’m approaching this as a liberal, but I really think that conservatives and liberals can work together to find a good compromise.

    For example – as a liberal, I think that it is good and important to allow greater freedom to cross our borders for more people, including those who are poor, don’t speak english, minorities, etc. I recognize that conservatives are *just* as interested in helping the poor as liberals, you guys aren’t monsters, but you don’t want to see kindness abused, and you don’t want to see people who are currently suffering here having to suffer more out of a desire to help everyone – is that accurate?

    What if we opened the borders to anybody who had no criminal records, but we restricted all welfare to citizens or children (they shouldn’t pay for having non-citizen parents), and a maximum of 3 children per family of non-citizens (but they shouldn’t be a way for non-citizen parents to siphon welfare). That would allow for more legal, tracked immigration but not strain the resources for current citizens.

    I’d love to work with conservatives to find a compromise so that we can improve and expand our immigration in ways that are good for both sides.

    • I am very much a conservative and do understand this side of what you have said here. This could only be done on a one by one basis to screen those who have a need and honest heart to become an American to be here from those who want to come in and either leach or destroy. The legal system is already in place, but is being ignored. I have a daughter in law from Columbia and a daughter in law from Finland and had one from Chile. They all three came in legally. My daughter-in-law came in on her own and worked many years two jobs and lived by renting a room. Her story of integrity and strong work ethic is inspiring as she and the one from Finland never took welfare or even considered it. Let’s look at the other side. I have a son that is a bail enforcement officer (bounty hunter) and has done so for over 20 years. He told me long ago that 90% of those he goes after are illegals and had to go after them because of the law breaking they have done in violence, gang relations, and drug dealing and then running from the law. If I were one who wanted to destroy I would definitely be sending in many wolves in sheep clothing with the masses. Teddy Roosevelt, who was a liberal, said it well, ““In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American … There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag … We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language … and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.” Theodore Roosevelt 1907

    • Illegal immigrants cannot get welfare benefits. Legal immigrants cannot get benefits for 5-7 years after living here. Try to keep up.

  10. A wall keeps people out like a gun kills people.

    • People kill people. Predators will never give up their claws and fangs. They will use rocks to hurt people if they don’t have anything better.
      A wall will help to keep foreign criminal killers out.

  11. There are legal ways to come into The United States of America. The people climbing over fences are illegally entering, therefore they have no right to asylum. They have no right to our government programs & yet liberals continue to place their “rights” above US Citizens. Someday the funds are going dry up. Tax payers who are funding the handouts are dying off.

  12. The WALL is a waste of money and is a billion dollar prank that will cave way more problems than it would solve. It is as stupid as having the Military at the border: A very stupid and expensive stunt. More Mexicans are leaving the United States and returning to Mexico than are in Mexico coming to the United States. http://www.pewhispanic.org/2015/11/19/more-mexicans-leaving-than-coming-to-the-u-s/

    • The reversal of Mexican-American migration — with a net flow of migrants back to Mexico — started *before* the Trump Presidency. It’s certainly much greater since Trump’s crackdown.

      Undocumented Workers have been fleeing the U.S. in droves. The Wall, if built, would keep more Undocumented Workers here.

      But as anyone knows, it’s infinitely easier for Undocumented Workers to get back to Mexico than coming here.

      The Wall is a waste of $$, time, and attention.

      If we want to put an end to Illegal Immigration, we need to put an end to Illegal Employment — by enforcing the laws that prohibit it. The laws are already on the books; there’s no legislation needed.

  13. There have been 33 deaths of border patrol agents in the past fifteen years. This is how their deaths break down: About half of all deceased agents died in car accidents. Fifteen percent (fewer than 5) died because of assault or murder and 18 percent due to other health-related accidents such as heart attacks or heat stroke, 12 percent died from drowning in accidents. (Cato institute)

    So, there is an agent death by assault or murder every three years. Sounds like a pretty safe job to me.

  14. Back when America was Great, employers who *hired* undocumented Workers — ILLEGALLY — were prosecuted.
    Who stopped the prosecution of illegal employers? President Ronald Reagan did. Why? To bring down the Wages of American Workers, and to bust Unions.
    It worked.

    In 1986, Reagan signed the Immigration Reform & Control Act, which gave Amnesty (and legal residency) to immigrants who could prove that they were here before 1982. The law had penalties for Illegal Employers. They were not enforced.

    Back in the 1980s, there were pro-Business Republicans (including Reagan & Bush Sr.) who couldn’t get enough illegal immigration; they were opposed by Pat Buchanan and the GOP Nativists, who saw the negative effects on American Workers’ Wages and on European-American culture.

    By 1992, both Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush supported NAFTA and the shift to Globalism. Independent candidate Ross Perot was decidedly against it — he knew that it would result in jobs leaving the U.S.

    Nobody talked about the other impact of NAFTA — that it would flood the Mexican corn market, where corn normally sold for about $1.50 a bushel, with cheap mass-produced corn (from agri-businesses like Archer Daniels Midland) at $0.50, with no protective tariff. That put the small corn farmers out of business, and caused a massive exodus of those farmers & their families to the border towns to work in the new maquiladoras (factories just south of the border). Many of these farmers, desperate to survive, came to El Norte (The North), where they were gladly hired by U.S. employers.

    The majority of “illegals” have come to the U.S. because their livelihood and their lives were destroyed by U.S. policy. They’re the direct victims of these policies — and U.S. Workers are the indirect victims. Those policies were meant to increase the supply of Labor, lower Wages, destroy Unions, and destroy the economic and political power of the U.S. Middle Class.

  15. THIS PLATFORM IS NOT “A FREEDOM OF SPEECH” GOVERNED ENTITY. YOUR PERSISTANCE IN DENYING EQUAL USE OF THE Q AND A METHOD OF PARTICIPATION IS SO PREVELANT, I AND PROBABLY MANY MORE WILL NOT BE PARTICIPATING IN ANY FUTURE OFFERING BY YOUR SOCIALIST IDEALS. JON SMITH

  16. SEE WHAT I MEAN????TYPICAL OF YOUR IDEOLOGY

  17. Fence? What a joke. A fence is not a wall. We need a WALL – no handholds, no footholds with razor wire at the top – as unclimbable as possible.

    The Berlin Wall was constructed for an unusual purpose, which was to stem the flow of emigration from East Germany into West Germany.

    The walls of Byzantium, or Constantinople as it is also known, played a crucial role in defending western, Christian civilization.

    Hadrian’s Wall. In the surviving ancient sources it’s clear that it was built to keep the barbarians out.

    The Great Wall of China. This is the birth of the Chinese state and the birth of the long wall, and the two events occur simultaneously and are very much connected. In English, we would say they were trying to keep out the Huns. Chinese sources would say the Hsiung-nu. They also built walls in southern China against various other peoples, like the Miao, from Vietnam.

    Rome was walled to keep out barbarians.

    When you talk about forting up, you’re talking about the proliferation of gated neighborhoods, homes with security fences, hedges, guard dogs, and even guns, around them.
    The funny thing about so many of the walls today is that they’re being built for the same purpose walls were constructed 2,000 years ago, which is to keep out emigrating Syrians. The first border walls ever constructed were fortifications against invading Syrians. Today, we’re seeing the same thing in Turkey, Hungary, Bulgaria, and across southern Europe, because of mass emigration and fear of terrorism. We’re even seeing walls in Saudi Arabia, India, Tunisia, Libya, Jordan, and Ecuador. All around the world countries are building walls. In all, over 70 different countries have fortified their borders. Hopefully, the United States will wake-up and build a wall along our southern border.
    (NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 10/5/18: Building Walls May Have Allowed Civilization to Flourish)

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