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Should the US build a wall on its Mexican border?
The US should build a wall on its Mexican border.
, a policy of immigration is closely tied to the accumulation of political power by the democrats. Any policy that affects the voting population must be scrutinized to detect conflicts of interest by those that support it.
A state has an interest in improving the quality of its population. Encouraging the immigration of groups it sees as valuable and discouraging that of groups it sees as undesirable should be a tool it uses to achieve this. A wall on the southern border would give the US this ability.
One of the state's main purposes is to establish security along its borders, which is a necessary condition of sovereignty.
The current state of the wall
does not sufficiently secure the border, and current efforts would be aided by the presence of a wall. Therefore, the wall should be erected.
A one-time investment in a wall would secure the border more effectively with a smaller year-on-year budget after the initial investment is undertaken.
A border wall would incentivize narcotic and people smugglers to tunnel beneath the border, as they have been doing since
at least 1990.
In 2016, DHS's Science and Technology Directorate admitted that
current detection technology was ineffective at keeping pace with new tunnel excavation
The economic costs of a wall are unwarranted given the small flows of immigration,
even if we account for all the direct and indirect costs that this immigration flow creates
. In fact it might even be the case that immigration has a net-positive effect on the US economy.
Aside from the
substantial environmental costs
of construction, the wall would impose a barrier for wildlife transit. This goes in opposition to existing environmental regulation and would greatly hurt wildlife.
The political implications of building a wall would be unfavorable to the important trade relations between the US and Mexico.
It is the moral duty of the US to have humanitarian considerations towards their border policies. A wall would stand as a refutation of this moral duty, and an excuse to reject these considerations in the future.
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