Donald Trump went on a tweet storm yesterday morning (4/24) regarding media reports that were portraying Trump’s proposed wall as delayed and nearly failed. The tweets came as followed:
Always with the fake news, then he proceeded to explain the importance and pledge his support to the multibillion dollar project.
Considering at this current moment only 1/3 of the U.S. Mexico border is actually secured with a physical wall and not a fence. Trump wants to add on 1,000 miles of wall onto the existing 650 miles that are in place now. The entire length of the border spans 1,900 miles, so there will still be spots of only fenced area and natural borders like rivers and cliffs.
So who’s to say the remaining 250 fenced miles won’t be strategically targeted by illegal immigrants and drug cartels?
I’m sure we have all seen the extensive caves and underground passages that allow drugs and immigrants to flow through, which can’t be stopped and spending 12-15 Billion on a wall will surely not assist in that side of prevention. Take a look at one of the tunnels discovered by Mexican officials.
Officials have found nearly 200 expansive smuggling tunnels since 1990 and who knows how many more could be out there. Unfortunately at this current moment to U.S. doesn’t even have reliable detection methods against this threat, so infiltration is the only discovery option.
The sad truth is that illegal immigration and drug trafficking do go hand and hand in some circumstances. Those who can’t afford to apply to the legal process resort to this kind of activity and pay “coyotes” a high fee to attempt to get them over the border. This process comes with a certain price from cartels as well, forcing felling aliens to smuggle drugs if they can’t afford to pay “coyotes.”
Let’s face it, drugs and immigrants can get through several other portals than just climbing over a fence.
- Tunnel use is fairly common
- Aquatic ventures have even been used
- Simple mistakes by Customs Agents
- Over staying on expired VISAs
Either way illegal immigration will not cease to exist because of a physical barrier, there are plenty of other ways cartels can provide for the billion dollar drug market the U.S. demands.
Instead, I believe the U.S. Mexico wall will cause a more hateful and resentful feud between American citizens and Mexican immigrants. The border really just seems like a symbol for the need of separation between the newly elected officials including Trump. Instead of pouring tens of billions of dollars of tax payer money into a project most agree with why doesn’t America form some sort of diplomatic immigration task force to secure the border and offer citizenship to those deserving and ultimately take back the power from Mexican cartels to their own government.
We will just have to see how and if the border wall is built and if it actually helps the nations issue with drugs and illegal immigration.