GOP presidential candidate Trump has vowed to build a wall along our border with Mexico in order to stop illegal immigration. Virtually every politician, Democratic and Republican has condemned him for wanting to stop the flood of illegals from entering our country. They say it’s inhumane to build a wall. One of the other arguments I’ve heard against Trump’s wall is that it would cost too much and the government cannot afford to build nearly 2,000 miles of secured fencing or wall. Others say that a border fence or wall won’t work anyway.
What’s inhumane about wanting to protect our nation from the huge influx of illegal aliens or potential terrorists? Isn’t the security of Americans more important to us than people from other nations? Isn’t it more important to put Americans at work than millions of illegals? Isn’t it more important to spend our valuable resources to help American citizens than illegals?
As for whether or not a border fence or wall will work, all one has to do is turn to the border system built at Yuma, Arizona. They built a three fence system that has stopped up to 92% of illegal border crossings over 126 miles of border.
The first fence encountered is a 20-foot-high steel fence. If they manage to scale that, illegals will have to cross a 75-yard-wide no man’s land that is monitored by cameras and sensors. Border Patrol agents also patrol the no man’s land in SUVs on a regular basis. If they make it across no man’s land, they will encounter a tightly woven steel fence that is also monitored. If they manage to breach the second fence, they find themselves faced with a cyclone fence topped with barbed wire. Click here to see tour of Yuma border fence.
The fence system at Yuma proves that a well thought out and constructed fencing system does work, thus nullifying the argument of effectiveness.
But what about the cost of building a secure border? How can America afford to extend Yuma’s fence another 1,800 miles?
The solution is simple and I’m surprised that no one has ever mentioned it but me. Use our military.
The greatest cost of most construction projects is labor. We have constructions battalions in our military personnel. They go overseas and build airstrips and military bases. They also help rebuild the infrastructure of cities and communities.
So why can’t we use these military construction crews to build the border fence? We already pay them, so realistically, the labor for a border fence would be free. Doesn’t it make more sense to put our military personnel to use to protect our nation for a change instead of building and protecting in other countries?
Isn’t one of the primary purposes of our military to protect our nation? Once the military builds a border fence, use military security personnel to help man the border security? There is no way the existing Border Patrol agents can patrol and monitor the entire border, so it only makes sense to use trained military personnel to fill in the gaps?
Using our military to build and help patrol a border fence would mean the only real cost would be materials. Contracting for those materials will help provide jobs for private companies providing the materials which in turn would help spur the economy.
I firmly believe that using our military to build a border fence like that in use in Yuma is a win win situation for America. I just wonder why no one else is suggesting this.