More Than 60 Countries Have Barriers to Protect Their Borders. Why Can’t the U.S.?



Three Border Patrol agents were assaulted this week during separate incidents, underscoring the danger faced by men and women of the Border Patrol and the ongoing need for the construction of a border wall.  President Trump’s 2016-campaign platform revolved heavily around the idea of constructing a barrier along the U.S./Mexico border, but even with public support, the president continues to face resistance from Congress, policy analysts, and even late-night TV hosts.

Since taking office, Trump’s proposal has been mocked and called unrealistic, despite the fact that dozens of other countries around the globe have been building border walls for years.  It seems that these countries understand that “good fences make good neighbors,” but why can’t the U.S. Congress?

Border walls enhance a nation’s sovereignty and are important for both public safety and national security, which is why at least 65 countries have constructed border walls since the end of World War II, while facing minimal opposition for doing so. Western nations such as Spain, France, and Israel have all constructed border walls to protect their sovereignty and security. Others, like Turkey, India, and Saudi Arabia, have publicly criticized Trump’s immigration policies, yet ironically, all have constructed border barriers themselves to block the flow of migrants crossing their borders illegally.

Domestically, the open borders lobby, and their allies in Congress, continue to ignore the advantages of a border barrier. Simply put, a country cannot remain a country without having secured borders.  While there has been much resistance to the wall already, Majority House Leader Kevin McCarthy recently introduced a bill that would fully fund the border wall, making it essential for Congress to seize on this opportunity. With large-scale illegal immigration and smuggling of drugs and other contraband, it is imperative to build a barrier that can secure the Southwest border.

The border wall isn’t free, but it certainly is an essential component of a comprehensive strategy for shutting down illegal immigration. With illegal immigration costing U.S. taxpayers some $135 billion annually, a one-time expenditure of between $15-$25 billion on a border wall is a drop in the bucket when compared to the yearly cost of illegal immigration.  The wall is a sound investment that will yield significant long-term benefits and savings.

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Matthew joined FAIR in 2018 as FAIR’s communications specialist. Matthew is a primary media contact for the organization and assists with all of the organization’s communication activities. He brings previous experience in government research, writing, and communications. Before joining FAIR, Matthew worked in the Wisconsin State Senate as well as a Wisconsin political non-profit. Matthew holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

11 Comments

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    Gary van houten on

    Open borders with mass migration weakens a nation’s ability to survive….in Anerica right now there is rising homelessness and health care for the homeless and disease and starvation facing these Americans…before we let the liberals push for letting everybody into America please tell me where u gonna put them… u gotta feed them..provide health care and housing… are u gonna give them a tent and a piece of sidewalk ….fix the problems that affect American citizens….quit trying to destroy our Republic

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    Once upon a time there was a union organizer in CA, his name was Cesar Chavez. He was dead set against illegal invaders as they undermined his union and their ability to gain fair wages for the crop pickers. Today the idiots in CA think he was all for illegal invaders, which to me proves again that knowing history is very very important or we are doomed to repeat the failures until we understand. One also has to understand that without borders, a country ceases to be a country. The idiots wanting open borders are trying to give away our once great country.

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      Craig, you are exactly right, the Democrats want open borders as the most of them are be8ng paid by non- other than George Soros who is the daddy of the one world order! Now this is exactly what Hitler was after. He lost the war and couldn’t do it with bullets and soros was one of Hitlers brown shirts and now he is trying to buy it with money. The Soros name and Soros clan must go !!

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      Craig, you are exactly right, the Democrats want open borders as the most of them are be8ng paid by non- other than George Soros who is the daddy of the one world order! Now this is exactly what Hitler was after. He lost the war and couldn’t do it with bullets and soros was one of Hitlers brown shirts and now he is trying to buy it with money. The Soros name and Soros clan must go !! And this is not a duplicate comment!!!!

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      Craig, you are exactly right, the Democrats want open borders as the most of them are being paid by non- other than George Soros who is the daddy of the one world order! Now this is exactly what Hitler was after. He lost the war and couldn’t do it with bullets and soros was one of Hitlers brown shirts and now he is trying to buy it with money. The Soros name and Soros clan must go !! And this is not a duplicate comment!!!!

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    David childerrs on

    What don’t they understand illegal is illegal not to mention the drain on the economy

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        Not as Left as you think we are on

        Let’s not call fellow Americans names. I’m a democrat who is totally on your side–and there are a lot more like me. I, and like-minded Democrats regularly give money to support FAIR and Numbers USA.

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          And, vote for Democratic leadership that supports what you are against politically (and gutturally)?

          No, you are Left. Sorry!