Will President Donald Trump’s Wall on the Southern Border with Mexico Actually Work?
President Donald Trump promised to build a wall along the southern border with Mexico back on the campaign trail, and has repeatedly reaffirmed this pledge after assuming office—he even sent out an email blast this September to reaffirm his supporters.
And yet no wall has been built.
The main reason is a lack of funding—given that Congress controls the power of the purse, without Congressional support, there will be no wall. Right now, support for building the wall hovers at just 25 percent for Republican Congressmen—it is far lower among Democrats. Given this, it doesn’t look like the wall will be built any time soon.
However, that doesn’t mean the wall isn’t a good idea. In fact, we argue that the wall, combined with adequate immigration enforcement and deportations, could save America up to $120 billion annually. But of course, these savings are predicated upon the wall actually doing its job.
So, will President Trump’s wall work?
A new report out of Israel suggests it would.
According to the report, which was issued by Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority, claims that not a single migrant has managed to enter the country illegally over the course of the last year via the Egyptian border—where Israel recently built a large border fence.
The report claims that the barricade has been instrumental in stemming the flow of migrants from Egypt, since it functions as both a physical impediment and a psychological barrier.
The bottom line: walls work in Israel, and there’s no reason they won’t work in America.
And of course, there are many other instances of border walls working. Hungary, for example, managed to entirely stem the flow of migrants into the nation by building a border fence—granted, they simply walked around Hungary and passed through Austria, but the principle stands.
There’s also ample evidence from America’s southern border itself: attempted border crossings are much less successful in areas where barricades have been build—a fact which should be obvious to anyone.
A report from the Conservative Review found that border crossings fell by 95 percent after the construction of a wall near San Diego, California:
Following the first great wave of illegal immigration post-1986 amnesty — which primarily came through the California-Mexico border — Congress passed a bill in 1996 to require construction of a double-layered fence (triple-layer in some places) in the San Diego corridor along the coast. You can see a picture of the fence with razor wire here. By the end of the decade, apprehensions fell by 95% as illegals moved eastward, even though the fence covered only 14 miles of the 60-mile sector. The majority of this border sector, unlike most other areas of the border, also has a tall and solid single-layer fence. While nothing is foolproof, fences clearly work and take much of the pressure off the border patrol to keep up with the flow.
Here’s what that looks like graphed:
The chart speaks for itself. Walls work.
And the best part is that America doesn’t necessarily have to pay for it (although we presume we will)—there are indirect ways of making Mexico pay for the wall.