It Will Solve America’s Immigration Problems – Trump
The much talked about wall along the Mexico border has been tested in the California scrubland. Presently, officials of the Customs and border Protection are running the first set of tests for the eight 30ft high slabs. Eight construction companies were given the chance to produce a good prototype.
The wall was one of Mr Trump’s major campaign promises. The President believes it will help solve America’s immigration challenge. However, many are critical of the project. It is believed building it along the 2,000 miles of border is neither realistic nor feasible.
However, the CBP, which would have responsibility for the wall, says its existence sends a psychological message.
In the words of the CBP division chief, Mario Villarreal, “The attention that these prototypes have brought to a worldwide audience has given us the ability to send the message…that we’re a wonderful country, the greatest country in the world. And to those who want to come to the United States we highly recommend that they choose legal methods.”
It Is A Wall Of Hate – Enrique Morones
Opponents of the wall, on the other hand claim it sends a very different message.
Enrique Morones, a human rights and humane immigrations activist at Border Angels says: “Without a doubt, it is a wall of hate. It tells the world, Do as I say, not as I do”.
“We know that the majority of the population of the United States is against the wall. There isn’t the money for it, it is just for show.”
However, officials say the building of the existing physical barrier between the US and Mexico in the San Diego area has slashed the numbers trying to cross illegally. In 1986, 628,000 people were apprehended making the attempt. Last year it was just 31,000.
But campaigners say the result of people trying to find alternative routes has been an increase in deaths among would-be migrants. Families divided by the border regularly meet on either side of San Diego’s Friendship Park, to talk through the fence.
Recently, officials opened a gate in the fence to allow a few families to reunite briefly. However, this was only the sixth time ever.