Donald Trump’s Mexico Wall - Pros and Cons
“I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I build them very inexpensively,”
said Donald Trump.
US-Mexico border: 1,900 miles (3,100 km) long
Estimated cost by Trump in building the wall: $10bn to $12bn
Estimated cost by Mitch McConnell: $12bn to $15bn
Estimated cost by Washington Post: $25bn
650 miles fencing cost: $7bn (even though it is nothing impenetrable or powerful)
Donald Trump’s election campaign promised a wall that will be impenetrable between US and Mexico and would completely stop illegal immigration into America. It was seen as offensive by some and lauded by others but mostly it was seen as an impossible attempt, a promise that would only be vague.
President Trump recently went ahead to announce that the construction would begin and that any city that tries to shield illegal immigrants would be subjected to punishment. The wall will be built even though it would be difficult but the question here is whether it will be worth it or not.Yes1. Illegal immigration would lessen if not stop
Illegal immigration is a big and real problem that US has been facing for long. It gets worse each day as they bring along illegal commodities and evil intentions with them. Drug dealing and human trafficking is a real issue too. Legal immigrants are not a problem but illegal ones are. That is what the wall stands for.2. Patrolling would be easy
With miles of shared border and some in extremely difficult regions, patrolling becomes difficult. If the wall is built, patrolling would become easier and illegal immigration would lessen since most of the immigrants with trouble packed on their backpacks come via those regions.3. Staying safe
Yes, it will make people feel safer. Why do you think so many Americans voted for Trump despite his famous derogative comments on women? They did not want a soft President and invite more immigrants to make life harder for them. Staying safe is everyone’s priority and it should be given to them.4. Economy
US economy is in no way ready to receive immigrants. According to reports, average illegal immigrant household receives $24,721 in government benefit and through welfare, but their annual taxes account to only $10,344. They caused wildfires, increased crime, closed a lot of hospitals, and of course the big drug problem. These are enough reasons to build that wall and stop illegal immigration for once and for all.No1. Cost
The cost of building the fence as shown above is far higher that it was estimated and the same is being predicted about the wall. Who is going to pay for it? Not Trump, surely. It is people of America who will face higher taxes to compensate for the wall building. With a massive debt, this would be a highly dangerous expedition.2. Barriers
The wall will pass through regions that are filled with immigrants. They are sure to pose problem and it will be difficult to criminalize them all. Sonoran desert is a big crisis too with inhospitable terrain. Migrants crossing the desert die all the time.3. Illegal immigration wouldn’t stop
There are other ways from which illegal immigration will still prevail. The wall in question is not going to be impregnable. The whole thing would only lead to needless debt increase to no advantage. Trump’s idea of wall is vague and too high to be practically true.4. Environmental hazards
Natural habitants of the region would face the worst of consequences. It will be like dividing the species living there into half. Moreover, the disturbance due to construction in the areas is more likely to send them packing to find a new habitat. Their natural movement during season change would also be hampered.5. Symbol of discrimination
Illegal immigration is a plague that should be done away with. But a wall would not symbolize prevention but discrimination and racism. It is like declaring war with Mexico. It would jeopardize relationship with the nation as people will feel that they are looked down upon as a nation of drug dealers and traffickers.
A lot of illegal immigration happens over airplane and with visas and later extending their stay. This isn’t going to stop with just a wall. The wall might incur more expenses that it is worthy of in terms of preventing illegal immigration.
However, there are pros of building that wall and President Trump is anyway going to make it happen. US rely on illegal immigrants for cheap labour too. That is something to look forward to.