Question #25: Do you think the USA needs a wall at the southern border?
Yes, I think we need a wall, barrier, and better technological advancement/surveillance equipment to protect our country.
I grew up in San Diego, I have traveled to Mexico hundreds of times. I don’t remember not having to cross a border, a wall, a barrier. I have also seen the devastation of illegal crossings: from drugs, to human trafficking, to sex trafficking, and crime. Drugs and crime are a big problem at our border- anyone who has ever seen the drug busts on the news in San Diego can attest to that. The drug cartels have so much money the dig under the walls to bring in all sorts of illegal items and activity. Which is exactly why we need a wall. So, yes I believe a wall is necessary.
The Mexico–United States barrier/border wall, is a series of vertical barriers along the Mexico–United States border. Built to reduce illegal immigration to the United States from Mexico. The border wall is not a continuous structure - it is a series of obstructions.
Between the physical barriers, security is provided by a 'virtual fence' of sensors, cameras, and other surveillance equipment used to dispatch United States Border Patrol agents to suspected migrant crossings.
As of May 2011, the Department of Homeland Security stated that it had 649 miles of barriers in place. The total length of the continental border is 1,954 miles.
Approximately 350 million legal crossings taking place annually. There are 48 U.S.–Mexico border crossings, with 330 ports of entry.
Through Oct 2018 to June 2019 - 63,624 unaccompanied children, 390,308 family units, and 234,443 single adults totaling 688,375 illegal entries were apprehended at the border.
Based on the NAS data, illegal border-crossings create an average fiscal burden of approximately $74,722 during their lifetimes, excluding any costs for their U.S.-born children. If a border wall stopped between 160,000 and 200,000 illegal crossings — 9 to 12 percent of those expected to successfully cross in the next decade — the fiscal savings would equal the $12 to $15 billion cost of the wall.
The group Border Angels estimates that since 1994, about 10,000 people have died in their attempt to cross the border. According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 7,216 people have died crossing the U.S–Mexico border between 1998 and 2017.
President George H. W. Bush approved the initial 14 miles of fencing along the San Diego–Tijuana border.
President Bill Clinton's barriers were built from 1994 - which authorized further barriers and the reinforcement of Bush's fence.
Effective in May 2008 President Bush enacted The Real ID Act that states: Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall have the authority to waive all legal requirements such Secretary, in such Secretary's sole discretion, determines necessary to ensure expeditious construction of the barriers and roads.
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Adela Wisdom for US Congress - Running for US Representative in the 3rd District of Missouri. District 3 covers northern Jefferson County and extends north and west past the St. Louis area, covering much of east-central Missouri. Missouri's 3rd Congressional District consists of all or part of the following counties: Callaway, Camden, Cole, Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Lincoln, Maries, Miller, Montgomery, Osage, St. Charles and Warren. I am eager to serve you and all the families in our district.
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