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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 4 years ago

Trump says he's going to build a wall to keep out those who have no business coming into our country until they can start a path to...?

Trump says he's going to build a wall to keep out those who have no business coming into our country until they can start a path to citizenship with a minimum of a green card that says I care and am not a freeloader or squatter. So why wouldn't that work? China built a wall to keep out the mongols and it kept them out for a long time and emperor Hadrian of Rome built a wall to keep out the celts and to stop roman expansion into Scotland which would have been too costly. So why wouldn't it work for us?

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  • 4 years ago
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    We could absolutely build a wall to secure our southern border. That border is almost 2000 miles long and our wall would have to extend several hundred feet under ground to deter tunneling. The wall would have to be manned by tens of thousands of guards 24 hours a day. The wall would have to extend out into the ocean for a great enough distance to deter swimming and small boats and we would need ships permanently on patrol to interdict boats. The cost of the wall would be astronomical and that cost would be on going since it would require maintenance and manning. And once we had our magnificent wall to rival the one in China we would still have millions of illegal immigrants since many of them simply enter legally and are illegal because their visa's expired.

    It's not that we can't build a wall. The technology isn't beyond us. The problem is that the cost of the wall far exceeds the benefit. If the whole nation paid for it than the tax hike would be very small but noticeable. If the four states that border Mexico paid for it than the tax hike would be crushing. If we didn't raise taxes than we would have to borrow hundreds of billions to build it and continue to borrow tens of billions every year to maintain it. Considering that most of the same people who demand a wall also truly despise even the smallest tax hike, I have to wonder what they are thinking.

    Wouldn't it make more sense to just add funding to our border patrols so they have more officers and vehicles and save the 800 or 900 billion that even an ineffective wall will cost us? Our border patrols stopped 420,000 last year. Just imagine what they could do if they actually had adequate personnel. For the cost of this Great Wall of Mexico we could probably put enough border patrol agents on our border that a flea couldn't make it out of Mexico on a dogs hairy butt. We could create a few hundred thousand jobs while were at it. Though admittedly not as many short term jobs as the hundreds of thousands we would need to build the wall in one 4 year term.

  • 4 years ago

    Yes, and those walls were horrendously expensive, and built largely with slave labour. They also needed to be constantly patrolled.

    As far as I know, Trump has never come up with any figures on how much "The Wall" would cost taxpayers, because Mexico ain't gonna pay for it. Trump is a developer, he should have known within weeks how much money it would cost. Trump is all about construction costs. Then there's the expense of rounding up and deporting all the illegals that are in the USA.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Actually, Trump's plan would put a moratarium on legal immigration from mexico. The reason a wall wouldn't work is because one can easily go under it or around it. Also, the great wall didn't work, the manchu conquered the ming.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    aren't you guys embarrassed that we have to break something this simple down for you?

    "So why wouldn't it work for us"

    Because not only does the US have a border w/ Mexico But it also has a border with Canada

    and thousands of miles of lake and seacoast

    and dozens of seaports

    and dozens of international airports

    So

    Your boy Trump spends trillions of dollars and a generation to build the GWOM and it's obsolete as it's being built bc the illegals have figured another way to get into the US

    • Lv 5
      4 years agoReport

      Canada is of NO consequence. the tunnels are really the only issue. Unless YOU know some thing I don't and if so do tell.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Emperor Kublai Kahn of China WAS a Mongol. Lol. How do you think a Mongol became Emperor of China?

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kublai_Khan

    Hadrian's Wall was not a great success either militarily. It relied upon swift military intervention from the wall garrisons. It was rather costly and did not prevent raids.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadrian%27s_Wall

    Do you ever get inspired to do research on anything before you spout off your "knowledge "?

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Trump's plan sounds very Medieval- I wonder why the medievals all stopped building walls.

    • Lv 6
      4 years agoReport

      Invention of gunpowder. Some plastic explosives would render Trump's wall useless.

  • 4 years ago

    It would likely not work because there are more people who want to come here than we have the capacity to absorb with green cards. About one out of four people would abandon their families and move here with 30 seconds notice if they could.

    • Lv 7
      4 years agoReport

      Because almost half of the undocumented people came here on a PLANE and overstayed their visas. If you don't know this fact, ask yourself why and then fire your media sources.

  • 4 years ago

    You can pass a thousand laws on immigration, but without a secure border they will all be ignored.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    The wall will work to keep people in.

  • Leo
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    Has anyone broken it to The Donald that nearly half of all illegal immigrants in the US did not cross the US/Mexico border?

    • Lv 7
      4 years agoReport

      Not just The Donald--why don't all the people on this site know this? Is Fox forgetting to tell them?

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