The highest-ranking Democratic Party official, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, called President Donald Trump’s plan for a border wall on the American-Mexican border “an immorality.”
The Democratic Party’s nominee for president in the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton, called Trump’s Jan. 8 speech that called for a border wall “ridiculous.”
California Senator Kamala Harris, a leading candidate for the Democrats’ 2020 presidential nomination, called Trump’s plan a “vanity project” for himself.
If you listen to Democratic Party leaders, you would think that the only reason President Trump wants a border wall (that would be more solid than the 653 miles of barriers, including fences, that already exists on the approximately 2,000-mile border) is to fulfill a campaign promise, an absurd pledge in their view, so he can keep his “base” happy.
Democrats, of course, believe that Trump’s base is a bunch of “deplorables” — an uneducated mix of racists, sexists, and older, angry white men and women who resent the changes in 21st century America and just want to keep Mexicans out of the nation.
If you listen to Democratic Party leaders, the concerns that tens of millions of Americans have about illegal immigrants, the possibility of criminals crossing the border and eventually making their way into their communities, and the cost of helping these immigrants via expensive social services is completely unwarranted.
Then, as conservative commentator Paul Harvey used to say, there’s the rest of the story. The real story is that the number of border walls throughout the world has increased dramatically in recent decades, particularly since the Al-Qaeda terrorist attack that killed nearly 3,000 Americans on Sept. 11, 2001. There are more border walls in the world PRECISELY because nations all over the world are concerned about immigration and security — the exact reasons that President Trump is trying so hard to overcome the politically-inspired Democratic Party intransigence and build a wall to protect Americans.
“Critics of the border wall are more uninformed than the president they dispute if they believe Trump’s proposal is inconsistent with international norms,” wrote former Department of Defense official Michael Rubin in the Washington Examiner article “Trump’s border wall is standard practice in other parts of the world.“ “Indeed, every year, more countries resort to walls after more liberal policies fail.”
A 2018 article in USA Today entitled “From 7 to 77: There’s been an explosion in building border walls since World War II” says there were seven border walls in the world in 1945, 15 in 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell, and “at least 77” in 2018. A 2015 article in the Daily Mail says the number of nations with walls or fences on their borders has quadrupled since 1989 “as governments try to hold back the tide of migrants.”
An article by WorldAtlas entitled “Countries With Border Walls” lists walls that have been completed, walls under construction, and proposed walls. The border walls being built include a 2,030-mile wall on the India-Bangladesh border, a 1,243-mile wall on the Russian-Ukrainian border, a 1,009-mile on the India-Burma border, and an 880-mile wall on the China-North Korea border. Since 2000, the border walls that have been completed include walls on the Saudi Arabia-Iraq and India-Pakistan borders.
Rubin’s article breaks down border walls into those built for security purposes and those built to reduce illegal immigration. Regarding the walls built for security purposes, he wrote that a wall India built on its Pakistan border has kept “Pakistani terrorists at bay” and might have prevented a war between the two nuclear powers, a 1,700-mile wall Morocco built on its Algerian border was so effective at reducing Algerian-backed terrorism that it ended a decades-long war, and Israel’s fences on its West Bank border reduced terror attacks by more than 90 percent.
Rubin also wrote that border walls:
* Brought peace in Cyprus between Turks and Greeks.
* Prevented Iranian-backed militias from launching terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia.
* Produced 15 years of quiet on the formerly violent Turkey-Syria border.
* Reduced attacks on Kenya by Somalian terrorists.
“Three other countries – Kenya, Saudi Arabia and Turkey – are all constructing border fences in a bid to keep out jihadist groups next door in Somalia, Iraq and Syria,” noted the Daily Mail article.
In regards to the border walls built to reduce illegal immigration, Rubin wrote that the wall India built on its border with Bangladesh has reduced crime just as Trump said a wall on the Mexican border would reduce crime in the United States. In addition, Spain has built border walls to keep African migrants out of its nation and Hungary has built walls on its Serbian and Croatian borders to prevent African and Middle Eastern migrants from entering its nation.
The Daily Mail article has a very good map that shows where some of the border walls are. The article itself is skeptical about the effectiveness of border walls, but the fact that more and more nations are building them is a sign that many politicians and people believe they work.
Will a border wall on the American-Mexican border reduce illegal immigration and crime? The history of border walls shows it could definitely succeed. It’s certainly pro-American to make the effort even if some experts think it won’t work. It’s definitely more noble than Finland’s 450-mile barbed-wire fence to prevent reindeer from wandering into Russia. Ouch!
There is no question that Trump’s border wall plan is controversial, partly because the U.S. has never had the kind of border wall that he is proposing, but there’s also no question that the categorization of his plans as immoral, ridiculous, and a vanity project are based more on blind partisanship than thoughtful consideration of an important proposal.