The Southern Border
Our Southern Border is porous. We need to build walls to secure this border. We need more Border Patrol agents. We need drones, cameras and every technology available to secure our Southern Border. This singular problem with the border has received a lot of coverage since Trump became president - as it should. We should support his effort to secure the border.
There are two other issues that contribute to the circumstances at the Southern Border that have not received the attention they need. They play an equal role in creating the problem and must be addressed.
One is happening North of The Border. America is the land of opportunity; it always has been. With the economy booming, even more opportunity is being created. You have to love being American today.
South of the Border
South of the Border, it's not so good. In Mexico "the criminal justice system routinely fails to provide justice to victims of violent crimes and human rights violations. Causes of failure include corruption, inadequate training and resources, and complicity of prosecutors and public defenders with criminals and abusive officials."
"Violence and extortion by powerful criminal organizations remain serious problems in Guatemala. Gang-related violence is an important factor prompting people, including unaccompanied youth, to leave the country."
There are many more examples of abuse South of the Border. The flow of people from places in distress to more promising soil is a natural part of human migration patterns. This empirical fact dates to the beginning of humanity. It is a farce to pretend it does not matter or that we can change human nature.
North of the Border
When these distressed people cross our porous Southern Border, what do we gift them? In one word, JOBS! That we need to employ almost 8 million illegal immigrants in America is the North of the Border problem and "the magnet that draws undocumented workers." It should not even be a concern, "Immigrants are a net positive in America."
If we do not address the two other problems, South of the Border and North of the Border "The Wall" is going to become a bottomless money pit. No matter how difficult we make it to get North of The Border, it will always be worse South of the Border and as such, human migration patterns will persist. Again, it is a farce to pretend that it this will not happen.
Really, We Can't Walk and Chew Gum?
The American electorate is solely responsible for two of the three problems, the porous Southern Border and the lack of immigration reform North of the Border. The third one, South of the Border, we helped create. All three are tightly wound and must be equally addressed to create a solution.
"The Wall" alone does not address the cause of the problem. It literally tries to build a wall between two problems without addressing the cause. We must commit ourselves to change the immigration laws North of the Border, secure our Southern Border and promote democratic capitalism South of the Border, at the same time. We CAN walk and chew gum; we are Americans.