The U.S. Needs Border Security

By Thomas Anderson

once clamored for border security, and even Obama wanted a wall. But
times have changed, and now Democrats are against a border wall and
advocating for illegal immigrants.

Don’t Work

are united in their proclamations that walls don’t work. They
provide no evidence why this is so — while they themselves stay
within the confines of their walled houses. Walls work. The walls of
primitive houses served to protect our earliest ancestors from the
elements and hostile wildlife. Castle walls have changed the courses
of warfare throughout the centuries. Israel’s southern border wall,
comprised of metal
fencing and gates
, have prevented 99 percent of all illegal
immigration. Metal fencing has also proven quite effective in
protecting American homes and businesses. Walls work. They have been
working for centuries. To say they don’t is being ignorant or

Contribute to the Economy

it might be true that illegal immigrants contribute close to $12
billion in taxes annually, they also cost U.S. taxpayers more than
$113 billion a year at the federal, state, and local level. Sanctuary
cities are losing money at massive rates to support their illegal
immigrant populations. California alone spends more than $20 billion
for illegal aliens — enough to surpass whatever contribution they
may provide. Illegal workers drive wages down. Companies would much
rather hire illegals rather than pay higher salaries to their legal
counterparts. Illegal immigrants use tax-funded social services, take
advantage of free education, are entitled to healthcare, and use food
stamps. If illegal immigrants contribute so much to the economy, then
sanctuary cities should be booming. Instead, sanctuary cities are
imposing higher taxes on residents and businesses while still being
in the red.

Commit Fewer Crimes than Citizens

it is true that legal immigrants commit fewer crimes (due to the
extensive screening process), the same cannot be said for illegal
immigrants. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, illicit
immigrants account for less than 5 percent of the population, but
they account for 42 percent of kidnapping convictions, 31 percent of
drug convictions, 23 percent of laundering convictions, 18 percent of
economic crimes, and 12 percent of auto theft convictions. They also
account for 10 percent of all assault convictions and 9 percent of
all homicides. Mexican gangs and the drugs they bring in have claimed
hundreds of thousands of American lives. According to the Drug
Enforcement Administration, 80 percent of opioids sold in the U.S.
stem from foreign criminal organizations, primarily Mexican drug
cartels. Sanctuary cities have been hit the hardest, particularly in
California. One clear example is San Francisco, where once beautiful
streets are now lined with needles and feces.

is a
crisis at the border
. There were close to 100,000 apprehensions
in March alone, surpassing the 76,000 in February. Customs and Border
Protection have said that the arrests have exceeded crisis-level
numbers. Border
patrol agents
are desperately clamoring for a wall, but
Democratic leaders seem to believe that they know better than the
ones actually protecting the U.S. borders.

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