It’s not the correct solution

For many years, people have proposed that the U.S. should build a tall, sturdy wall along the Mexican and U.S. border. This topic is not new, and since Donald Trump has brought up said proposal many times during his presidential campaign, the arguments for and against the wall continue to develop. As will be discussed below, there are two sides to ever issue; I will explore the side that is not in favor of building a wall along the border between Mexico and the United States.

Opponents of the wall have stated that the wall is too expensive. The amount of money the U.S. would have to spend on building and then later maintaining the wall, makes it less practical. Currently, the fenced barrier along certain areas along the border between Mexico and the U.S. costs the government around 3.7 billion dollars per year on inspectors and 3.2 billion to keep border patrols active — which would only increase if a sturdier wall is built along the 2,000 mile long border. Adding onto the impracticality of the cost, labor, and maintenance of the wall; opponents believe relations between the U.S. and other countries may become hostile. Citizens against the wall have mentioned a trillion dollar trade agreement between the U.S. and Mexico being in jeopardy due to Mexico’s President — Enrique Pena Nieto — has stated that “expressions of this strident rhetoric have only led to very ominous situations in the history of humanity.” Opponents believe that tensions between the two countries may increase if plans for the wall are followed through.

Furthermore, a belief supporters of building the wall commonly argue, is that by having the wall along the border, the number of illegal immigrants entering the country will decrease because it will be “more difficult” to jump the fence. However, opponents of the wall claim that it would be an ineffective method of controlling the illegal immigration issue. In fact, opponents argue that the number of illegal immigrants entering through the Mexican border have decreased over the past few years. Recent statistics show that the illegal immigration issue stems from people traveling from other countries on a visa (student, work, etc.) but the fail to return to their home countries once it expires — meaning they came into the United States legally.

Overall, the main arguments made by opponents of the wall are that the cost definitely outweighs anything “positive” that could come from building the wall; as well as how the illegal immigration issue is not mainly due to Mexican citizens crossing the border into the U.S.