I'm not here to get into a bigger discussion about walls vs. bridges - so keep those thoughts to yourself and I'll keep them to myself.
Local politicos have been sounding off on Trump's wall claiming it's not needed blah blah blah. There's only one problem with an El Paso politician preaching against a border wall - El Paso has one.
I've had some emails come in from friends in the national political arena that target Congressman Beto O'Rourke's "myth" statements. These people make some good points using O'Rourke's own claims... you know... the safest city thing. They claim El Paso is so safe because it's got that huge fence running through town an extending a good distance in both directions. They also mention that Operation Hold the Line was put in place when border crossings in and near the city were resulting in thefts and assaults. Their bottom line argument is that El Paso is safe because El Paso has a wall.
O'Rourke also claims that apprehensions are way down. He's right, but those on the other side of the argument point to the walls that have been built over the past decade or more as the reason why.
O'Rourke is trying his best, but he's running into the wall in his own back yard. Nobody nationally has called him out on it, but eventually they will. He needs to be prepared to reshape his argument because the bottom line is that El Paso has the wall and none of the bad things they claim come with walls have happened. Life went on. He needs a better argument.
If Trump is able to crush Mexico's trade economy with the U.S. the immigration problem will not get better, it will get exponentially worse. What few jobs outside of Mexico City there are in that country are all dependent on trade with the U.S. Take that away and you've got desperate people willing to do desperate things to eat.
I'm not sure what the answer is.... well that's not correct. The answer is to force Mexico to fix itself instead of exporting the people they don't care to feed to the U.S. Many folks in the economics world have pointed out that you can't migrate poverty away. You only end up moving it to a new place. Poverty must be fixed at the point it occurs.
Just something to think about.