Walls are wise

I’M A FAN OF border walls as long as they are walls to keep people out, not to keep people in, which is like a prison wall.

Do you lock your house doors at night? Sure you do. You don’t want strangers sneaking in while you snooze.

There are already many miles of walls along the southern border of the United States, so Trump’s vow to build a wall was, to a great extent, pure campaign blather.

All nations need to control their borders, and the more successful nations are in particular need of walls. The United States has been very successful, so it definitely needs walls.

Mexico is successful too in comparison with nations to its south, so a high wall along our border with Central America is very advisable. Alas, we have not built that wall.

Some people say walls don’t work, which is silly. After Israel built a wall to  keep out wily Palestinians, the mayhem that Palestinians so love plummeted. Walls work.

The video illustrates beautifully how a nice, high wall along a particularly enticing stretch of the California-Mexico border reduced crime and other problems immensely.

San Diego’s wall works wonders.

Walls are sweet. Around your house. Around your nation.

10 thoughts on “Walls are wise”

  1. When Trump promised to build the wall I always thought it was a figurative wall. As long as it keeps illegals out, then it works. It could be a 50-foot-high concrete wall in some places, a fence with razor wire, electronic surveillance or increased border patrols. As long as it works I don’t see the problem. As a Mexican friend said to me: If Trump builds a wall we will just tunnel under it! I think some people are making too big a deal about it having to be a “big beautiful wall.” Trump talks in riddles, and you have to read between the lines a lot of the time. Travelling through Mexico it’s hard to ignore all the walls that surround every house, many with broken glass embedded on them. And it is chiefly to keep out the “bad hombres.” Good fences make good neighbours. Cheers.

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    1. Brent: Yep to all of that. Obviously, the wall along the San Diego sector has improved the situation for San Diego and points north significantly. I don’t think a high wall from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific is realistic, but lots more wall can be added. And then snuff out Sanctuary Cities.

      Good fences do make for good neighbors.

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  2. I wonder what the next progression of Sanctuary Cities will be. I can’t wait until these cities figure out that more criminals will come since they don’t bother prosecuting the bad guys. Little by little, maybe, the U.S. citizens will figure out, they don’t need insurance, licenses, etc., since when the police stop anyone who is in the country without proper paperwork (see how PC I am?) they let them go anyway. A definite benefit for not being a law-abiding citizen. I would love to have a crystal ball and see how this will transpire 20 years from now. So many people have already lost respect for the law, it is bound to get worse.

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  3. Color me skeptical about the wall. My conservative instincts tell me the cost-benefit ratio will not be worth the effort. It will be another big government program that does not deliver the goods. The Israeli wall appears to be compelling on its face. But I am not certain how relevant Israel’s experience is to the Mexico border. The Israeli wall is tiny to the area that needs to be covered from California to Texas. And the Israeli wall has plenty of backup surveillance that taxpayers will not support on the American border.

    Having said that, illegal immigration is a problem, and I have no easy solution. But I do have some policy considerations to deal with the legal immigration system. Another day.

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    1. Señor Cotton: Walls work. Installing a wall from the Gulf to the Pacific is overkill, but adding to what’s already there — and a lot is already there — improves the situation, in my view. As for your cost-benefit ratio, some things are worth doing no matter the cost. And, of course, the wall does not keep all illegals out. Many enter on legit visas and then do not return, another problem to be dealt with in another way. But the wall makes sneaking in significantly more difficult, and that’s a good thing.

      Now we need a high wall on Mexico’s southern border too.

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      1. I would love to see someone ask Nancy Pelosi on camera if she thinks that wall between San Diego/Chula Vista and Mexico should be torn down. And whether she thinks the Israelis should also tear down their walls.

        And add me to the list of people who are tired of those who seem to think that only a wall that’s 100.0000% effective is worth building. Nothing is 100.0000% effective.

        Saludos,

        Kim G
        Redding, CA
        Where, despite being against the wall, my mother was not willing to tear down the fence between us and the neighbors.

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        1. Kim: People are often in favor of tearing down walls in principle, and always walls that are far away from them, physically. I think folks who oppose additional border walls should be legally obligated to leave their house doors wide open at night.

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  4. Walls work. They got Trump elected. Other than that I am ambivalent. It is true the border leaks like a sieve.

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    1. Andrés: The border in the San Diego area apparently leaks one whale of a lot less than before that mother of a wall was built. That’s a step in the right direction.

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