glen a richter wrote:
Aside from the insane belief that Mexico will pay for it, it's an asinine idea anyway. This is the 21st century and there's a billion ways to enter a country that don't involve scaling a symbolic wall.
We need to do something though. Legal immigration is fine but when thousands streaming across the border each week, most with diseases and in need of care, food, and housing
it means that the taxpayers have to pay to take care of them.
Do you have something to back that up? I highly doubt that "most" illegal immigrants have diseases. Maybe some come over here in hope of healthcare, but I think most come to try to find work. Not saying that coming here to work makes it ok, but if we're going to have a real discussion, let's stick to facts.
The flow across the border really ticked up last year when Obama put in his executive order to not deport and the illegals got excited about amnesty. With the surgence of Trump the uptick in flow has increased more and many are trying to get in before he builds the wall.
Again, can you cite this? From 2009 to 2014 the illegal immigrant population actually decreased from about 12.2 million to 11.3 million. I haven't found 2014-2016 numbers yet, but I heard this being discussed on TV a week or so ago and they said the flow was higher out of the country than in, so I'm assuming the 2009-2014 trend continued.
While I won't say it's a total non-issue, it has always had the feel to me of an issue that people get riled up about in principle, without actually looking into the facts. It is easy to oppose people crossing the border illegally, taking jobs that they shouldn't have (because they are here illegally) and getting supported by taxpayers. It's almost black and white when put that way. But, the magnitude of the issue I think gets overblown because of how black and white the issue is. Sure, it's an issue, but I think the actual impact of it gets exaggerated.
The whole thing is a mess but unless we have a wall I don't see how we can begin to get our hands around this issue.
This is what I don't get about what a wall will do. If somebody in Mexico wants to get onto this side of the wall, what is the wall going to do to stop them? I can maybe see some impact, but not much.