Still Wondering If We Need a Wall?

Still Wondering If We Need a Wall?

Many people, including the President of the United States, said that we needed a wall.

Those who support the construction of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico know the facts.

Those who have been opposed to building a wall to protect the country from illegal immigration and the weight and consequence of such actions have also heard the facts.

Apparently, the crime, the cost, the harm, and the long-term problems that illegal immigration has already caused wasn’t enough to convince the opposition.

Did we jump the gun, did we act too quickly in beginning the process of building a border wall? Or is it that we did not act quickly enough?

Since we have all heard many of the horrors that have come attached to illegal immigration, many of those accounts the President himself has shared with the nation, there doesn’t seem to be much that can be gained from reliving those stories yet again.

Despite the data, information and news that we have heard regarding the issues that have been linked to illegal immigration (drugs, unemployment, crime, etc.), there is still those who question the decision to put up a border to keep us safe.

Maybe the latest news and information regarding illegal immigration might have a greater impact or at the very least, force everyone to take a second look.

Based on one recent report, “… there were nearly 100,000 apprehensions of migrants, border crossers, and asylum applicants at the U.S.-Mexico border last month.”

If that sounds like a lot, you’d be right.

In fact, according to that story, “this is nearly nine times the level of illegal immigration compared to April 2017, when just a little more than 11,000 border crossers were apprehended.”

So what does this mean? How does this reflect on the decision to build a wall? Numbers like these can only lead us into one of two scenarios, you can decide what shakes out and what doesn’t.

In one case, if the result of this massive influx of immigrants is simply a matter of timing as highly unlikely as that is, then these big numbers being reported at the border mean very little.

In that case, it would merely be a coincidence that so many would decide to head north as the building of a border wall progressed. Yes, that is definitely a possibility (regardless of the odds). Then we have another scenario to consider.

What if these large numbers of migrants are a result of them realizing that the easy ticket into the United States was about to be revoked? What if, with the intent of crossing the border illegally, they couldn’t help but become cognizant of the fact that this may be their last best chance to get across the border without submitting to the immigration process.

We can leave the questions like ‘why they wouldn’t want to come in legally’ for another conversation.

Outside of these two scenarios, why else would we be witnessing such a rash of northern seeking migrants wanting to come into the country?

The report went on to say that, “at current illegal immigration levels, about 863,000 border apprehensions are expected for Fiscal Year 2019.”

That might be 863,000 people who just by coincidence decided this was the year to head to the United States.

Why these folks have chosen to cross without going through standard legal process is unknown.

What we do know is that of those 800,000 plus people coming up from south of the border, not all of them are coming with the best intentions.

We know because history, facts and common sense tell us so.

We are a country of immigrants, period. We know this, we are proud of this and we welcome those who want to become part of our great country and call the United States of America home.

There is also a right way and a wrong way to do that. There is a legal way – and an illegal way.

Still wondering if we need a wall? This year alone, there could be 863,000 reasons to help you decide.

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