One of the biggest stories in the past two months has been the security of the border between the United States and Mexico. Donald Trump ran for president with one of his core campaign promises being that he would build a “big, beautiful wall” on the border to prevent people from sneaking into the country. However, he has found that the Democrats are not willing to give him the money he needs to build the border wall. It is interesting to note that the United States has been spending very large amounts of money on securing the southern border for a long time. However, they have not received a very big return on their investment.
$2.3 billion dollars was spent by the U.S. government from 2007-15 on building various forms of fencing along the southern border with Mexico. Some of this fencing is not very strong and durable. This has led many people to believe that spending the $5.7 billion that Trump is requesting is not the wisest use of those funds. The project to build the wall would be a long and difficult one, even if Trump does get the money he is asking for. This is because there will be people who own the land along the border who will not want a wall being erected on their property. This is understandable because a big wall will most likely hurt the value of any property it is placed on. These landowners will file lawsuits against the government that will take many years to resolve. It is conceivable that the wall would not be completed by the end of Trump’s second term, if he wins one.
It is because building the wall would require so much time and money that people are suggesting the government simply hire more agents to patrol the border. This would not cost anywhere close to $5.7 billion. It would not take long for the agents to be hired and put to work. Therefore, this is a solution that will show results almost immediately.
There were more than 9,000 breaches of the wall on the border from 2010-15. This is because the wall in many areas is not as strong as it should be. It is not a surprise that the Border Patrol has started to use electronic surveillance to attempt to detect people crossing illegally. They have found this is more reliable and cost effective than a wall could ever be.