The Great Wall of Chi … er, America
All we hear in the press these days is the twaddle that surrounds the so-called Trump Wall. One would think that this whole thing began about the time Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States. Actually, the discussion has been ongoing for quite some time.
Congress mandated construction of a border all along 670 miles of the US-Mexico border as part of the Secure Fence Act of 2006; the Consolidated Appropriations Act of FY-2008 extended the mandate to an additional 370 miles. The actual distance between Brownsville, Texas and San Diego, California is 1,553 miles.
According to some, the US plan for a southern wall has generated “significant” opposition and demands for further consultation and deliberation, most of this from among those who fervently believe that open borders best suit the national interests, and from among international sources who should benefit most from open borders. This is no doubt partially true. There are also demands for the construction of a barrier to illegal trespass across the US southern border with Mexico.
Constructing a wall along the southern border is not an easy task. Congress, in favor of a wall in 2006 now appears opposed to it … or at least, its cost. Forgotten in this discussion is the cost of not having a hardened border with Mexico. Given our entire history with Mexico, it imprudent not to have a barrier that channels people to certain entry points to the United States. That issue aside, the wall will also require consideration of private property rights, environmental concerns, and the question of Indian lands (formerly called reservations); a wall might actually divide these properties between two countries.
The wall, if it is ever constructed, will not be a solid barrier along the entire border region, Texas to California. Nor has this ever been proposed. The wall will be segmented, and there will be significant gaps between these segments. For example, the wall will extend from the Pacific Ocean south of San Diego, to El Centro, California.
The wall begins again south of Yuma, Arizona. The distance between these two cities is over 60 miles. If a single border patrolman could effectively monitor a single linear mile, it would take more than 180 patrolmen to secure this open segment over a 24-hour period, although even more patrol officers might be required during hours of darkness without additional technological monitoring devices.
After Trump’s speech on immigration, the totally subjective National Public Radio did an analysis and “fact check” of the points Mr. Trump made. One of these analyses concluded, “Trump has made crime committed by immigrants in the U.S. illegally a major theme of his campaign. While he has spotlighted several real cases of murders committed by people in the country illegally, the context here is important. Multiple analyses have found that immigrants commit violent crime at a lower rate than those born in the United States.” — Source: Sarah McCammon, NPR.
Of course, NPR analyst McCammon only cited one source (not multiple), which happened to be conclusions fielded by the American Immigration Council, a liberal advocacy group for unrestricted immigration.
Well, of course crimes committed by illegal immigrants would be at a lower rate given the fact that the US population is around 330 million, and the illegal alien population around five percent of that. These criticisms of Trump are not very helpful, particularly since it wasn’t Trump that came up with the idea to begin with.
The Democratically controlled Congress led by Nancy Pelosi did that. Moreover, NPR is promulgating dishonest, completely subjective information for public consumption. Ignoring that, what does it matter? If illegal aliens committing crimes were not in the US to begin with, victim’s lives (however many were lost) would have been saved.
In any case, this NPR report is precisely why the American people give little credibility to the American press. I do wonder if members of the press realize how irrelevant they’ve become.