Trump's wall, Is it outrageous?
8 million of the overall estimated 11.2 million population of illegal immigrants are employed and contributing the workforce (71.4 percent). This begs the questions: what is the other ¼ of the illegal immigrant population doing in the US? Seeing as the main cause to emigrate native lands is monetary and employment based, the motives of the 30% unemployed are questionable at best.
The logistics of building this wall are one of the main factors contributing to it’s negativity. The US Department of Homeland Security has estimated that the full construction could take about 3 years, and the cost could reach $21.6 billion overall. This is a massive amount of time, money and continuous supply of workers we do not have. In addition, a large makeup of agriculture/construction industry is made up of undocumented workers. Without them, employers will have to pay legal workers higher prices, costs will raise and companies will lose money. California’s Central Valley, a stretch of lowlands that extends from Redding to Bakersfield brings in more of the nation's food than any other state. Approximately 70 percent of all farmworkers in this valley are illegal immigrants, according to researchers at University of California, Davis. This would eliminate more than half of the backbone of our agricultural production.
The rates of terrorist acts by illegal citizens in the US must be taken into consideration when determining the true effects of allowing vast diverse groups of people, some affiliated with various organizations or groups, into our country. A recent study found foreign-born terrorists who entered the country, either as immigrants or tourists, were responsible for 88 percent (or 3,024) of the 3,432 murders caused by terrorists on U.S. soil from 1975 through the end of 2015.
Despite the startling statistic above, a considerable portion of aforementioned murders are from 9/11 (one isolated event that does not capture full illegal immigrant population). A wall prohibiting illegal immigrants is predicted to increase illegal smuggling of people across the border due to the central immigration point being closed off (more tunneling and increasingly dangerous methods of crossing). Several people believe the wall will be ineffective and therefore a waste, and that immigration between bordering countries is inevitable, no matter how difficult. There is also the possibility that the wall’s intended purpose of decreasing the amount immigrating illegally could backfire and create larger push for families and regular people to leave their countries, causing uneasiness and rifts between natives.
The environmental benefits of building this wall are more considerations of the existing impacts immigration has on the environment, and how the wall could potentially dull these detrimental effects. Mass illegal immigration, whether it be on foot, using trucks or cars, or even transportation over water, often cross protected areas of wildlife in attempt to avoid border patrol. This often results in various types of flora or plants being trampled/uprooted. There are also large amounts of litter and debris left in wake of illegal immigrants, and, due to their out of the way routes, it is rarely cleaned or removed before it can harm animals and plants. In addition, although against the natural balance of predator to prey, the wall could separate some threatened/endangered species from their predators and allow population growth if monitored correctly (example: dingoes and kangaroos).
Billions of dollars already have been spent on existing border fencing, with little to no environmental oversight (cost)
Despite the possible benefits of the wall, many of them require serious human intervention to actually be beneficial, while the cons of the wall are quite obvious. The terrain that Mexico and the US border states share is quite similar, and therefore they share many of the same species’ habitats. A wall would split animal’s habitats down the middle, and the surrounding construction could potentially contaminate food sources and ruin animal’s homes. The construction also affects plant pollination, and would disrupt the natural reproduction of several key food sources. Animals that hunt in packs such as wolves need the large spans of prey provided by access to land across the border to fuel their large populations. Overall, the wall would threaten 111 endangered species and 108 migratory bird species.