The wall is nec­es­sary

Belleville News-Democrat - - Opinion -

The anti-Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump/pro-il­le­gal alien crowd likes to ar­gue against a wall by say­ing the num­ber of il­le­gals caught at the bor­der is down and that the crime rate by il­le­gals is lower than that of le­gal cit­i­zens. For the sake of ar­gu­ment let’s say those stats are ac­cu­rate. Statis­tics show that 361,993 il­le­gal aliens were ap­pre­hended in fis­cal 2018 com­pared to 413,377 av­er­age yearly ap­pre­hen­sions dur­ing Pres­i­dent Barack Obama's time in of­fice and 1,643,679 ap­pre­hen­sions in 2000, when Bill Clinton was in of­fice.

De­pend­ing on var­ied sources and years, the Bor­der Pa­trol ap­pre­hen­sion suc­cess rate is any­where from 40 to 81 per­cent. Us­ing the best rate of 81 il­le­gals caught for ev­ery 100 at­tempts to cross leaves an es­ti­mated 68,778 name­less peo­ple who en­tered our coun­try un­de­tected last year. Democrats some­how think that is ac­cept­able? Sept. 11, 2001, showed us it only takes one lapse in na­tional se­cu­rity to have deadly re­sults. Care to bet a loved one’s life that not one of those 68,778 will com­mit a vi­o­lent crime against them? The only ac­cept­able num­ber of Amer­i­cans killed by an il­le­gal alien is zero.

Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi said a wall is “in­ef­fec­tive.” The men and women work­ing the south­ern bor­der front lines say that “a wall works and is ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary.” Are you go­ing to lis­ten to our pro­fes­sional bor­der agents or the out-to-lunch Democrats who won’t even meet with them?

– Gary Like, Pleas­ant Grove, Utah

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