A sophisticated wall and thousands of soldiers and border patrol agents are wrongly sending the message that militarizing the border between Mexico and the U.S. will make this country safer as a whole.
Crime, drug trafficking, and unauthorized immigration are the excuses for the greater security measures taken at the border on which the U.S. is spending millions of dollars. However, most of the drugs are not coming on the backs of immigrants crossing the border, but rather on ships, airplanes, and through custom points. An immigrant walking in the desert for three days with no food or water is not able to carry 40-50 lbs of drugs on his back.
The biggest drug busts have not involved undocumented immigrants. Take for example the case involving an excess of 9,000 kg of cocaine that was transported to the United States by commercial aircraft. How many immigrants would it take to carry this load to the U.S.?
In addition to drug trafficking, crime is also seen as a reason for increased security measures and more money spent at the border. Yet if you do some research you will find that the cities with the highest crime levels are not those closest to the border.
Immigration will always exist and not even sophisticated walls or thousands of border patrol officers and soldiers will be able to stop while poverty and hunger still exists in other countries. Along with poverty and hunger there is a broken immigration system and a lack of comprehensive immigration reform. Currently, lawmakers are not taking any kind of action towards comprehensive immigration reform, putting their political interests ahead of the necessities of millions of people.
Americans should ask themselves if the amount of money being spent at the border is really worth the added perception of security. Would it not be better to spend money on drug prevention and improving community infrastructure to bring hundreds of new jobs to the American people who are in such difficult financial times?
There are also myriad other needs in communities that the money could be better spent on such as education and healthcare. Rampant fears over border security are misplaced symptoms of problems that have little to do with undocumented immigrants. It’s time to address the real issues in America.