The Wall Can Do More

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Many are questioning the wisdom, cost and effectiveness of the border wall being advocated by President Trump and others. There is more than just one issue to consider.

Illegal Drugs

America is facing more than an illegal immigration program. It is estimated 52,000 Americans died from illegal drugs in 2015. Tens of thousands more have seen their lives ruined. This is an epidemic of historic proportions.

This can be stopped—or at least slowed—by controlling the source of illegal drugs; Mexico!

The wall can help. It is estimated that 95% of the illegal heroin coming into the U.S. is via the Mexican border.

History

The Secure Fence Act of 2006 was introduced in Congress on September 13, 2006. Within two weeks it sailed through the U.S. House and Senate. It called for construction of 700 miles of physical fence/barriers along the border.

By January 2010 the project was completed from San Diego, CA to Yuma, AZ. From there it continued into Texas. The fence is 21 feet tall and is buried six feet deep in the ground, cemented in a three-foot wide trench with 5,000 psi concrete. The border patrol prefers a high, see-through fence rather than a solid wall.

The fence has been very effective in controlling illegal immigration, especially in the San Diego area. Illegal drug smuggling has also been slowed.

Other Experiences

Israel built a wall to protect themselves from terrorists. Construction of the barrier began in September 2000. Before the first segment was completed in 2003, 73 suicide bombings were carried out from the West Bank. By the wall’s completion in 2006, only 12 such attacks occurred.

Who Pays for It?

President Trump has said Mexico will pay for the wall. Whether that happens or not, Texas Senator Ted Cruz has another interesting idea. He has introduced a bill calling for the use of $14 billion seized from cartel drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, and other drug dealers, to be used to help pay for the fence.

Action Needed

The illegal drug problem is immense. Their low cost and easy availability trap people into using drugs. The user has no assurance about the quality or quantity of the active drug in each unit he or she purchases. With the low cost of the drug, the supplier is more careless when diluting the active ingredient.

This leads to more deaths!

Next Steps

No one wants a member of their family falling victim to low-cost drugs. This should be a non-political issue. We should take all steps necessary to reduce the supply of illegal drugs to our country…including a border fence.

This action, coupled with more border agents to enforce our laws, will slow illegal immigration and help reduce illegal drugs and the death they bring into America.

Summary

We have a drug epidemic in our country. People are dying by the thousands. Millions more are affected by the scourge of illegal drugs. The supply of cheap illegal drugs must be stopped.

A border fence, plus more border guards, will be a potent force to cut off supply while also helping stem the tide of illegal immigrants.

Write your Representative and Senators demanding strong borders. It will lead to fewer deaths from illegal drugs and a safer America for all of us.