Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Wall of Trump

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?

12 comments:

  1. I believe that Trump's wall will not achieve its purpose nor be successful because migrants will find other ways, such as by going underground, in order to sneak into America. Also, I believe it will be very inefficient, as the border is very long, which would make the total cost of building the wall very expensive. I don't believe the building of the wall is realistic also due to the fact that the legal immigrants who are allowed to cross the border would no longer be able to by land, which would block a lot of immigration and emigration. In the end, if the wall ends up being built, I believe that the US bonds with Mexico will weaken, and that there will be conflicts and tension between the two nations.

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    1. I firmly support your standpoint and stance on this subject. I also believe that when the wall does get built, it will affect the relations that the US has with Mexico, and certain foreign policies may change as a result of that. Mr. Trump's decisions on the construction of this wall will not only affect America, but other countries as well. It is possible that this will signify the strength and authority of America, but it might not be successful in keeping illegal immigrants out, like you said. Overall, Mr. Trump's wall may require maintanence to patch up or improve certain parts of the wall or monitor it often. This process may use up many of America's resources

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  2. I agree with Justin. Migrants will find other ways to sneak into America. However, it would cost a lot of money to be able to build the wall, which means more taxes for the people of America. If the wall ends up being built, there will be tension and major conflicts not only between Mexico and the U.S but with the people of each place.

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  3. I agree with Justin. Migrants will find other ways to sneak into America. However, it would cost a lot of money to be able to build the wall, which means more taxes for the people of America. If the wall ends up being built, there will be tension and major conflicts not only between Mexico and the U.S but with the people of each place.

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  4. I agree with Justin. Migrants will find other ways to sneak into America. However, it would cost a lot of money to be able to build the wall, which means more taxes for the people of America. If the wall ends up being built, there will be tension and major conflicts not only between Mexico and the U.S but with the people of each place.

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  5. Building the wall will surely take
    1.) a lot of time
    2.) a lot of money
    3.) a lot of people to work on the construction
    4.) a law that consent Trump's plan
    By these things itself, I would say that this is far from possible. People should keep in mind that the border is larger than they think it is. It will take like forever for it to be built. With regards to the foreign affairs, not only this hinders US's relationship with Mexico, but it weakens the country's relationship with other countries as well. It will definitely be harder for the US to bond with other countries aside from Mexico with the wall, built there, stood still, looking like "nope, you can't enter". You need materials for that as well so that will lead us to most of the nation's funds being used up for this project. It is not a good idea since there are far more important things to be looked after than this one, and this would mean higher taxes, which is opposing to his current proposal. Judging the overall plan, I think it's just too crucial.

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  6. Trumps idea of building wall is completely insane and will not be affective. Like Justin said, people are going to find a way to get around it either way. If there goal is to come to the country to start fresh and find a new lifestyle, they will go through any circumstance to try getting in. Building a wall is not only foolish it has no way of proving a point. It's just showing the fear of not letting a new race in and wasting tons of money through the whole process.

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  7. I think that Trump would succeed in building the wall, but it would not fully serve its purpose. People will always find a way to get past Trump's wall. I don't think that building the wall will solve the problem. If anything, adding more security would help more than the wall.

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  8. A wall like Trumps won't only hurt the economy in how much money it costs and the immigrants it keeps out, but is also symbolic of a police state, like the border they have between north and south Korea.

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  9. Just like everyone is saying, I also believe that Trump's idea for a wall will not do anything. People will always find a way around things like these, so it will just waste money and completely ruin the US' relationship with Mexico.

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  11. I don't think trump will actually build actually build a wall. Even if he does want to, no one in power will support his decision. It is a crazy thought that would just be a waste of money and would most likely piss off mexico and canada.

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