Border security fears have basis in reality
i’m not sure it’s supposed to work this way, but i just read one of those tedious pieces that “fact-checks” everything u.S. President donald trump says and rather than turn me against the wall, it’s left me thinking more than ever that it’s probably something the u.S. should be doing sooner or later.
“there is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border,” the u.S. president said tuesday during his televised address to the nation defending the need for a southern wall.
here’s what the left-leaning outlet nPr concluded in its check of the claim: “illegal border crossings in the most recent fiscal year (ending in September 2018) were actually lower than either 2016 or 2014 and much lower than at their peak around 2000. the number of unauthorized bordercrossers is also dwarfed by the number of people who overstay their visas. But there has been a spike in crossings in the past few months, topping 60,000 in both october and november.”
wait, what? no matter where it sits in the long-term rankings, 60,000 is a big number of people apprehended crossing illegally into the country in just one month, especially when it’s not like there’s some massive war or natural disaster on the other side.
the Customs and Border Patrol website pegs the full tally for november at 62,456. the highest over the last five years is 66,842 — that was in october 2016 just before trump was elected. the lowest was april 2017 at 15,798, and it’s believed — although it hasn’t been proven — that this was caused because potential crossers wrongly thought trump had tightened the border substantially so they stopped bothering to try.
either way, when your number of annual apprehended individuals — and this isn’t all of the people crossing illegally, just those stopped by border agents — is consistently in the half a million range, you have a serious problem.
why do democrats and the left in the u.S. refuse to discuss this rationally? For the most part, it’s just silly accusations of immorality and racism.
is it just, as trump himself suggested on tuesday, because he’s the one now asking for it? after all, the democrats supported versions of it in the past.
“the government has built nearly 700 miles of wall and fencing since 2006, mostly on federal land and where the terrain does not provide a natural barrier,” the new york times reported last year. the $5.7 billion trump is seeking and not yet getting, which is causing the partial government shutdown, is to build an extra 200 miles.
is expanding the wall the magical solution that will cure all? Most likely not. But nothing is. what it is, though, is one of the many methods available to tackle the problem. So give it a shot. and spare everyone the over-the-top outrage.
those who argue it’s an unattractive symbol representing a barrier between two countries aren’t wrong. But that just explains why it’s sad that the u.S. has this problem in the first place.
thankfully the Canadian conundrum at roxham road is nowhere near as bad as what’s happening in the u.S., but Prime Minister Justin trudeau and his ministers still have the same phobia as the u.S. democrats when it comes to talking about border security.
we do have a problem, though. that is a fact. we never used to have a steady stream of people crossing illegally into Canada. now we do. around 1,500 per month. it’s not a good thing.
But you wouldn’t know it from the current government, which spends more time using the issue as an opportunity to call andrew Scheer and the Conservatives bad names than they do discussing solutions.
and so far there doesn’t seem to be a cure for this strange affliction.
. . . 60,000 is a big number of people apprehended crossing illegally into the country in just one month.”