What’s wrong with a wall?

The View from the Armchair

Some wonder why there is such a fuss about establishing a wall along the southern border. People ask, why shouldn’t we stop the influx of immigrants that are depleting our resources and taking jobs? Why shouldn’t we stop the flow of drugs coming into the country? Why shouldn’t we limit the movement of violent criminals into our communities?

The first step in devising a plan to solve a problem is to correctly identify the problem and the likely causes. The questions assume a number of things without attempting to refine the issue at hand or to identify the likely causes. That jobs and resources are depleted by immigrants coming through the southern border is an assumption. Further assumptions are that drug use is a critical problem, and that most drug use is facilitated by movement of drugs or drug precursors through the southern border, and that illegal immigrants through the…

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