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The American Voice Institute of Public Policy Blogs the Issues!

Thursday, January 10, 2019  

 

By Joel P. Rutkowski, Ph.D., President

Erecting A Border Wall Is A National Security Issue

 

Once again, the Marxist Democrat leaders in Congress, liberals and liberal groups and the Democrat media are playing the politics of personal destruction with the national security of this nation.  If one supports President Donald J. Trumps idea of building a border wall opponents falsely charge “racism” and “xenophobia.”  And when this rhetoric fails, they simply say it will not work and wastes billions of dollars. After a meeting with President Trump on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York) continued with his lies and said the President threw a temper tantrum and walked out of the meeting when this was not the case.  Instead, President Trump handed out candy and tried to engage with Democrat leadership in an attempt to resolve this issue.  When President Trump asked the Democrats if he would open the government and negotiate with them later would they agree to funding the border wall. They said emphatically that they would not!  The President left the meeting because the Marxist Democrats would not negotiate in good faith.  

El Paso border wall works.

Contrary to border wall opponent’s walls do work.  For example, such is the case in El Paso, Texas the sixth-largest city in Texas which borders the high-crime Mexican city of Juarez.  A two-story corrugated metal fence far-less an imposing wall than the one Trump envisions, was first erected under the Bush administration and dramatically curtailed both illegal border crossings and crime indicates Federal data (This town is proof that Trump’s wall can work).  According to Homeland Security data the number of deportable illegal aliens located by the U.S. Border Patrol plummeted by more than 89 percent over the five-year period during which the controversial new fence was built.  Illegal crossings totaled 122,261 in 2006 when the project first started.  However, by 2010, when the 131-mile fence was completed from one end of El Paso out into the New Mexico desert, illegal border crossings declined to just 12,251.

In 2012, illegal crossings hit a low of 9,678 before slowly increasing to a total of 25,193 in 2017.  However, this figure of illegal crossings is still well below pre-fence levels.  And the fortified barrier dividing El Paso from Mexico is credited by Border Patrol for the reduction in illegal aliens.

El Paso is considered one of the most dangerous places in the world due to drug-cartel violence. However, because of the border wall crime abated with the reduction of human traffic from Juarez helping El Paso become one of the safest large cities in America.

In large part due to illicit activities spilling over from the Mexican side El Paso was mired in violent crime and drug smuggling prior to 2010 indicates federal data.  However, things changed almost overnight once the fence was erected.  And since then based on Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)-collected statistics El Paso has consistently topped rankings for cities of 500,000 residents or more with low crime rates.  The attention of former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and other Obama administration officials was caught by the turnaround who touted it as one of the nation’s safest cities while citing the fortified border security there.

Furthermore, since the fence was built the turnaround in crime has been remarkable illustrates federal data.  For example, from a pre-fence peak of 19,702 annually, property crimes in El Paso has declined more than 37 percent to 12,357, while violent crimes declined more than six percent to 2,682 from a peak of 2,861 annually, indicates FBI tables. 

In 2017, overall crime rate in El Paso continued to decline that city leaders were prompted to declare the good news in a press release that noted, “Because El Paso is a border town, its low crime rate may surprise you” (This town is proof that Trump’s wall can work).  

Also, dramatically declining along the border entry point is drug smuggling. For example, the volume of marijuana and cocaine coming through El Paso and seized by Border Patrol agents has been reduced 50 percent since the fence was completed.  The volume of illegal drugs confiscated by the federal government along the El Paso border hit 87,725 pounds the year prior to the wall being fully built in 2010.  The amount of drug seizures plunged to 43,783 pounds in 2011.  And according to Border Patrol reports in 2017, the figure declined even further to a total of 34,329 pounds. From this data one can clearly see the idea of a border wall on the southern border could work..  

Globally, Trump’s border wall is standard practice.  Walls work contrary to the lying Pelosi and Schumer.

  

Nations around the globe rely on border walls for both increased security and to prevent illegal immigration (Trump's border wall is standard practice in other parts of the world).  For example, in response to the European migrant crisis Hungary slashed illegal immigration by over 99 percent after erecting a series of powerful border fences.  The fences have caused illegal immigration to decline from 391,000 in 2015, to 18,236 in 2016, to just 1,184 in 2017 indicated Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Chief Security Advisor, György Bakondi speaking on the second anniversary of the government’s move to seal Hungary’s border with Serbia — which is also an external border for the European Union.

Also, in Israel according to 2013 data from the Immigration and Population Authority revealed a decrease of over 99 percent of illegal entry to Israel from Egypt  a mere fraction of what it was in 2011 (New Data Shows 99% Drop in Illegal Entry). For example, in the first half of 2012, 9,570 citizens of various African countries entered Israel illegally but only 34 did the same in the first six months of 2013.  For the dramatic change multiple developments were credited.  For example, at the time, the new security fence which covered 144 miles of border between Israel and Egypt was one reason and another was a law that went into effect in June 2012, that arrested illegal entrants to Israel who do not have refugee status.   

 

Opioid crisis made worse by open border with Mexico.   

In the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic is the United States.  US border agents in the Southwest, in 2014 seized eight pounds of fentanyl from Mexico compared to 200 pounds in 2015 (Your Turn: How an open border with Mexico makes the opioid crisis worse). Furthermore, at the San Diego and Tucson field offices on the Mexico border about 950 pounds of fentanyl was seized nationwide — and more than half of it (550 pounds) was seized from October 2016 to August 2017.  According to the Drug Enforcement Agency fentanyl can be 50 times as potent as heroin; deadly is even the smallest quantity about two milligrams, or about four grains of salt; and even more deadly is its chemical cousin, carfentanil, were a single grain can kill.    

Daily, 116 people die from opioid-related drug overdoses according to the U.S. Health and Human Services.  Tragically, 42,249 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016.  However, the majority of those deaths were caused by illegal synthetic opioids like fentanyl.  And despite "historically high levels" of law enforcement cooperation on either side of the border at least 90 percent of heroin consumed in the United States comes from Mexico reports the State Department (State Department: At least 90 percent of heroin destined for the U.S. comes from Mexico ).

Criminal smugglers primarily from Mexico and Communist China traffic these illegal drugs into the U.S.   A driving force in the surge in fentanyl crossing the border is Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, the criminal enterprise once led by Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.  Currently, traced to Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel is 80 percent of the illegal fentanyl seized by the DEA  . On a daily basis these illegal opioids are being trafficked into America through and from Mexico being sourced by Communist Chinese factories and the Mexican cartels.  The death toll keeps rising as these highly addictive and very potent synthetic opioids kill Americans daily.  Border wall security is one solution to the opioid crisis.

 

Open Borders will result in a surge of deadly diseases in America.  

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection “A total of 31,303 people were apprehended at the border after illegally crossing into the United States” in July of 2018. This figure is just for one month and advocates of open borders like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York) do not care how many were not apprehended and more importantly what diseases these illegal border crossers might be carrying.   An answer to this question is provided by the Centers for Disease Control(CDC).  For example, in the transmission of various disease, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), measles, pertussis, rubella, rabies, hepatitis A, influenza, tuberculosis, shigellosis, syphilis, Mycobacterium bovis infection, brucellosis, and foodborne diseases, such as infections associated with raw cheese and produces studies have identified the importance of cross-border movement in the transmission of various diseases (The Migrant Caravan of Diseases).

At this nation’s southwestern borders there is a massive surge of potential illegal aliens.  The Marxist Democrat leaders of Congress like  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York) do not want to mention that diseases the U.S. has controlled or virtually eradicated: tuberculosis (TB), Chagas disease, dengue fever, hepatitis, malaria, measles, as well as other are carried by this tsunami of immigrants trying to illegal enter the U.S. (Deadly diseases crossing border with illegals).  And in the looming is a public health crisis, the likes of which are not seen in a lifetime.  

The elderly, children, immunosuppressed cancer-patients, patients with chronic lung disease or congestive heart failure will be the hardest hit by exposure to these difficult-to-treat diseases. And the most serious risk is drug-resistant tuberculosis as well as diseases like measles can cause severe complications and death in older or immunocompromised patients.

As a result of unchecked border crossings of illegal-alien children into border communities, health professional are warning of a “humanitarian crisis” festering in Texas and Arizona (Health experts: Diseases at border becoming 'crisis').  As a result of difficult-to-treat diseases and cramped conditions physicians are worried in the wake of a massive influx of children coming across the Mexican-U.S. border, many of them from Central and South America. And already being documented among the children and in some border agents who work among them are outbreaks of scabies, lice, dengue fever, tuberculosis and other diseases – many of them contagious. A wave of illnesses and diseases that have long been eradicated in America started to make a come back by President Barack Obama’s non-enforcement immigration doctrine that invited illegal border crossings.

 

Final Thoughts

America is a sovereign nation and Americans have the right to decide who enters the nation and under what conditions.  It is important that individuals that have utter contempt for Western values and want to import anti-Western values to America, such as genital mutilation, honor killings and the oppression of women should not be allowed entrance.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York), liberals and liberal groups, the Democrat media, and socialist Democrats will say that erecting a border wall is immoral and the government should not spend a dime on funding for the wall.  Yet the murder of innocent unborn babies is not immoral.  In the bill to end the government shutdown Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) quietly slipped in an attempt to repeal a provision known as the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy, that was once called the Mexico City Policy and known by critics as the “global gag rule,” a directive prohibiting the Department of State from funding nongovernmental organizations that “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning.”  And since the program participates in coercive abortions and involuntary sterilizations pro-life organizations oppose the program (Democrats Use Bill to End Shutdown to Try to Restore Planned Parenthood Funding Trump Cut ; House Democrats slip abortion language into bill to end partial shutdown ).  The measure increases funding by $5 million to the United Nations Population Fund to $37.5 million (Nancy Pelosi says no to the wall but yes to overseas abortion funding ).

This shows Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) is not concerned about the national security of America but is more concerned about playing politics.  This poison pill is an attempt to hurt President Trump with the evangelical voters. Judged solely on results President Trump is arguably the most pro-life President.  For example, he expanded the Mexico City policy; was the first President to address the national March for Life in person; and nominated two ostensibly pro-life Supreme Court justices.  

Contrary to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York), liberals and liberal groups, the Democrat media, and socialist Democrats voters say illegal immigration and health care are priorities for the new Congress.  However, they are not very hopeful that President Donald J. Trump and Democrats in Congress will work together because Democrats want to get on with impeachment. (Voters Say Illegal Immigration, Health Care Are Congress’ Priorities  ).  Furthermore, as more and more Americans become aware that the Marxist Democrats in Congress, liberals and liberal groups, and the Democrat media are lying and becoming aware there is a crisis at Americas southern border the support for a border wall is increasing and opposition is declining.  For example, a recent Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey found that 46 percent of Likely U.S. Voters now say the United States should build a wall along the Mexican border to help stop illegal immigration, up from 43 percent in Septemberand 37 percent in July of last year.  However, just as many 48 percent still oppose the wall, but that has been on the decline from 56 percent in July 2017 (Support for Border Wall on the Rise Again, But Not At Govt Expense).  Furthermore, open border advocates such as  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York), liberals and liberal groups, the Democrat media, and socialist Democrats lecture Americans a wall is not wanted but more than 325,000 citizens have raised $19.5 million in 22 days to fund the border wall (Border Wall: Monument for the People, Not Pols).

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York) complain about the cost of the border wall yet they do not care about the economic impact of medical care, education and incarceration for illegals forced on taxpayers that is further bankrupting America.  The debt held by the public was $15.8 trillion and intragovernmental holdings were $5.8 trillion, for a total or "National Debt" of $21.6 trillion as of October 28, 2018.  And the true indebtedness of this nation is more than $210 trillion when all the governmental promises that have been made for spending obligations, including defense expenditures, are subtracted from all the taxes that are expected to be collected (Economist Kotlikoff: 'Our Country Is Broke').   There is no doubt that in the near future, a global economic catastrophe will occur as global debt reaches a record $247 trillion (As Global Debt Hits A Record $247 Trillion, The IIF Issues A Warning).

Annually, more than a million people are admitted into the U.S. legally (Marco Rubio says U.S. admits 1 million immigrants a year, far more than any nation).  However, starting under former President Barack Obama the immigration policy aims of the Marxist Democrats in Congress and being continued by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York) is to import new Democratic voters -- the less skilled, less educated, less enamored with the norms and values of Western civilization, the better.  To expand and remake the American electorate President Obama start using lackluster border security, risible efforts at immigration law enforcement, mass amnesties, promises of generous taxpayer-financed welfare benefits, and other incentives (Obama's Refugees and Surging Deadly Diseases in America).  Children in particular are swarming to enter the U.S. illegally because in Mexico and Central and South America newspapers are actually describing U.S. “open borders,” encouraging people to come with promises of food stamps or “amnesty.” (Deadly diseases crossing border with illegals). 

Americans must wake-up before it is too late.  A Marxist revolution is occurring in America.  For example, according to a poll the majority of millennials would prefer to live in a socialist, communist or fascist nation rather than a capitalistic one (Millennials would rather live in socialist or communist nation than under capitalism: Poll).  Fifty-eight percent of the up-and-coming generation opted for one of the three systems, compared to 42 percent who said they were in favor of capitalism indicated the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s “Annual Report on U.S. Attitudes Toward Socialism.  The most popular socioeconomic order with 44 percent support was socialism with Communism and fascism each receiving seven percent support.  Daily, through activist judge’s rulings, America continues its descent into a post-constitutional period.  Every effort is being made to destroy Americas, constitutional republic.  For example, U.S. Representative of Tennessee Steve Cohen (D), a vocal critic of President Trump, on the first night of the 116th  Congress introduced two bills to eliminate the Electoral College and prevent Presidents from pardoning themselves or their family members (Dem introduces bills to eliminate Electoral College, stop presidents from pardoning themselves).  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York), liberals and liberal groups, the Democrat media, and socialist Democrats are attempting textbook Cloward-Piven strategy to overwhelm and collapse the economic and social systems in America, in order to replace them with a “new socialist order” under federal control.

 

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