What are the Pros and Cons of Building a Mexican Border Wall?

Pros – Arguments For Building a Mexican Border Wall

  1. The financial costs of illegal immigration (government benefits, litigation, education, etc.) far outweigh the cost of building the wall.
  2. Drug cartels use border weakness to pour drugs into the country.
  3. Thousands of construction jobs will be created by building the wall.
  4. It adds to the cost and risk of hopping the border; thus, it discourages many illegals from even trying to enter the country.
  5. It prevents large-scale transportation of illegals, such as “coyotes” hauling trucks of people.
  6. Patrolling the border is much easier, which lessens the number of guards that are needed.
  7. Illegals crossing the border are more likely to be apprehended, so stronger actions can be taken against those who’ve already been deported or committed some other crime.
  8. Immigrants take jobs from American citizens, and since they work for less money, the average wage rate of the American worker falls.
  9. National security is increased as terrorists and other enemies have a more difficult time entering the country.
  10. Sex trafficking and other immigrant abuse is reduced.
  11. We are a nation of laws. If we fail to enforce them, what other laws will be ignored?
  12. Immigrants are more likely to use legitimate means to enter the country, resulting in more people paying taxes and entering American society rather than staying in the shadows.

Cons – Arguments Against Building a Mexican Border Wall

  1. Construction costs are prohibitive when the U.S. government already has trillion dollar annual deficits.
  2. Symbolically, it doesn’t represent America, a nation built on immigrants.
  3. It gives a false sense of security, as taller ladders and digging under the fence can allow illegals to get past the wall.
  4. Low unemployment rates and rising minimum wages has created a shortage in labor-intensive jobs that American citizens don’t want to do.
  5. Building a wall on the Mexican border but not the Canadian one creates the perception of discrimination and racism.
  6. Animal wild life habitats would be disturbed where the wall is built.
  7. It could strain Mexico-U.S. relations even further.

Recommended Solution

  • Build the wall at strategic places across the border using cost/benefit analysis of each major location.
  • Make the barriers extra difficult for high-traffic areas; for example, greater height, more barbed wire, more motion sensors, etc.
  • Combine the wall construction in a bill that raises fines for companies that hire illegal immigrants.
  • Increase the number of legal immigrants allowed to come into the country, and lessen barriers to legal status for those who follow the rules.
  • End chain migration. Children of non-U.S. citizens born in the country should no longer gain automatic citizenship.
  • Create a series of citizenship requirements that bring legal immigrants more into American culture and society; for example, passing basic history and English tests.
  • Take politics out of the immigrant issue by preventing any new immigrant citizens from voting or collecting benefits for at least 15 years.


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Written by: Joe Messerli
Last Modified: 3/19/2019

4 thoughts on “What are the Pros and Cons of Building a Mexican Border Wall?

  1. Why not just try to buy Mexico and it’s surrounding areas? I mean wouldn’t that be easier? Then as American citizens we could go in and work on cleaning up all the drugs and all the illegal activities going on over there.

  2. Angela. This is a good question.

    First Mexico isn’t for sale because she is a sovereign country. Even if he was the caravan’s now illustrate very clearly illegal emigrants don’t come only from Mexico!
    If the USA could “Buy” its way out of this problem it would have to purchase major parts of South America!
    If America did this we
    would be accused of creating an empire and trying to be the World Policemen.
    America perhaps could have bought Mexico from Spain like they did after the Louis and Clark expedition in I think 1804. We bought a lot of frontier territory for a song! It was called the Louisiana purchase from France back in the day! Colonists also bought the island of Manhattan from the local indian tribes for $25 worth of beads which could be considered a major real estate swindle like taking candy from a baby.
    That was before the UN. Today such action might result in an international tribunal and a criminal trial against the seller country.It might even be debatable as to whether or not the local tribe had deed to the property and if they didn’t they wouldn’t have authority to sell. Perhaps they were occupying a previous tribes land. It could get really mirky perhaps the USA would bee accused of trying to exploit the current impoverished Mexican population! Besides we just sent $10.6 billion to Mexico and the caravan countries and when illegals work in America they send billions of dollars back home and it’s an ongoing Monetary stream! Would you sell your property to someone for a fixed amount if you could make tons more from the same party and keep your land?

  3. Do you think it’s okay to raise the wall on the Canadian side too, for the sake of balance? At least a couple of planks.

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