Link of Article: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/163850
-Picture of the Great Wall of China
Summary: Recently and ongoing, Donald Trump has been changing and altering many of his declared policies. Some are subject to change, and some seem to be part of his fixed standpoint and will not be changed in the near future. As most of us have already heard, Donald Trump pledged to build a wall that would be about 1000 miles long, and one of its goals was to “find and dislocate tunnels and keep out criminal cartels.” This wall is to serve as the US-Mexican border, and although it does not present a military threat to the United States, it does present a perceived security threat. However, this pledge is based on an apparently false premise, which states that technologies today exist or are within reach to find the estimated hundreds of tunnels that traverse the border. It is almost impossible to find every single tunnel being made by people that are trying to sneak past American borders, and Kevin Hecht, a Border Patrol tunneling expert, says that, “For every tunnel we find, we feel they’re building another one somewhere, and they get more creative in concealing it.” In addition to these factors, America should be ready to expend many of its great resources into the construction of Mr. Trump's wall, and it will be even more costly to America's expenses and resources if the wall is to be reinforced. Human ingenuity finds ways to breach it in proportion to the strength of their incentives, like for more grazing land, conquest, and now economic opportunity and wealth. Personally, I was very surprised to hear Mr. Trump's plans for dealing with illegal immigrants. I acknowledge Mr. Trump's ideas, but I think that the production of the wall is almost unrealistic and more for an ideal standpoint. After exhausting many of our resources and time in the construction of this wall, there is no true guarantee that the wall will even serve its purpose; people will find ways to sneak into America just like in the past and today.
Connection: This information connects to the American Dream and also many policies that the United States made to keep out the immigrants in the past. People are motivated to achieve the American Dream and try to sneak into America even with all of the restrictions imposed on them. This demonstrates that this wall might not be able to keep out all immigrants who are possibly trying to sneak in. Also, this relates to the US Border Patrol in 1924. Like this act, the wall was meant to keep illegal immigrants (especially from Mexico) from coming into America, but the US Border Patrol in 1924 wasn't completely effective. Similar to the Great Wall of China, Mr. Trump's will might not be ultimately successful in keeping other groups of people out of the United States every single time.
Discussion Questions: With all of this in mind, do you think that Mr. Trump's wall will achieve its purpose and become successful? Is it realistic at all? What policies should Mr. Trump pass or what actions should he and America make to ensure the construction of the wall? If the wall is finally built, what challenges do you think America would face?