Pros – Arguments For Building a Mexican Border Wall
- The financial costs of illegal immigration (government benefits, litigation, education, etc.) far outweigh the cost of building the wall.
- Drug cartels use border weakness to pour drugs into the country.
- Thousands of construction jobs will be created by building the wall.
- It adds to the cost and risk of hopping the border; thus, it discourages many illegals from even trying to enter the country.
- It prevents large-scale transportation of illegals, such as “coyotes” hauling trucks of people.
- Patrolling the border is much easier, which lessens the number of guards that are needed.
- 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.
- Immigrants take jobs from American citizens, and since they work for less money, the average wage rate of the American worker falls.
- National security is increased as terrorists and other enemies have a more difficult time entering the country.
- Sex trafficking and other immigrant abuse is reduced.
- We are a nation of laws. If we fail to enforce them, what other laws will be ignored?
- 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
- Construction costs are prohibitive when the U.S. government already has trillion dollar annual deficits.
- Symbolically, it doesn’t represent America, a nation built on immigrants.
- It gives a false sense of security, as taller ladders and digging under the fence can allow illegals to get past the wall.
- Low unemployment rates and rising minimum wages has created a shortage in labor-intensive jobs that American citizens don’t want to do.
- Building a wall on the Mexican border but not the Canadian one creates the perception of discrimination and racism.
- Animal wild life habitats would be disturbed where the wall is built.
- It could strain Mexico-U.S. relations even further.
- 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.
Written by: Joe Messerli
Last Modified: 3/19/2019