If there’s one thing Donald Trump supporters should never worry about, it’s whether or not the President-elect will build the wall on the Mexican border. It’s going to happen. In fact, if he can only accomplish one thing in his Presidency, that would be it. His ego demands a monument, and I’m not talking about a library.
Some are saying that we need to get started on the wall immediately. If the goal is to slow the onslaught of illegal immigrants crossing the border, Trump and Congress must take one important step first. They have to secure the borders quickly. That means more men with more resources. It means swift and uncomfortable deportations as soon as they’re caught crossing.
The wall is going to take time to plan, budget, and bid. Then, it’s going to take a while to build. It won’t take as long as the Great Wall of China, but it will take years to complete. The argument that we need to get going on it quickly because of the time it will take to build is foolish. Until we triple or even quadruple our presence on the border, initiating the building process will increase the flow of illegal immigrants coming over.
Those who intend to cross the border decide based upon two time frames: perceived necessity to get away from their current situation and the potential for a window closing. Starting with the wall will escalate the second time frame. They’ll feel the urgency to make it over before the wall is complete.
If, on the other hand, we start with dramatically increasing our presence at the border, they might actually wait for the wall to be built. The narrative will be that once the wall is built, America will grow complacent and remove much of the border security because of the wall. Whether that’s the case or not based upon budget requirements is unknown at this point, but the possibility will keep a portion of potential illegal immigrants at home.
Right now, they don’t fear a thing. There’s plenty of gaps between the current fences, routes through which they can travel, and not enough manpower to fill the holes. We can generate the manpower and resources in weeks. Then, we can send a loud and clear message to those in South and Central America that the borders are crawling with security agents. Men with big guns scare potential illegal immigrants more than a wall.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting we wait a while before building the wall. I’m on;y recommending that we get the borders covered much better first before starting the wall project. If that means waiting until 2018 to get it going, so be it. Rushing will only make things more difficult
As a sovereign nation of laws, we demand that our borders become secure. Long-term, we’ll have our wall as well as measures to prevent breaches. The only way to prevent an all-out blitz for the border before the wall is built is if we first put a lot more men, machines, and weapons at the border to discourage attempts.