I’m sure by now you’ve all heard of Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S and Mexican border. Some people praise his tough on immigration stance but I simply do not agree with Trump’s plan to build a wall for two reasons. The first is visa overstayers. An estimated 40% of illegal immigrants are visa overstayers meaning Trump’s 8 billion dollar wall isn’t going to fix the immigration problem completely. The second reason is border deaths. The truth is whether we believe border control is justified or not it has caused an increase of border deaths. After 1993 some border control policies and strategies such as “Operation Hold the Line” or “Operation Gatekeeper” and others in the following 15 years there were an estimated 3800 to 5600 deaths, an over 100% increase of what the death count had previously been.
The truth is more border control equals more border deaths which leads us to the question, is it moral? These people have died attempting to break the law by crossing illegally but is death a fitting punishment? The Douglas and Jacobs readings are still relevant today. To say that the struggles that illegal immigrants face is equal to the struggles faced by slaves is wrong but there is a similarity between the two situations. Douglas and Jacobs ran from oppression and were met with discrimination and were treated as less than human. Illegal immigrants from Mexico are fleeing their corrupted country and poverty in hopes of a better life only to be met with the life threatening conditions crossing the border and several laws in Arizona and other states aimed at chasing these immigrants out of the country.
Although many may disagree with me I believe trump is degrading the immigrants to something lower. He has been quoted on some occasions blaming illegal immigrants for crimes and even calling them rapists. These people are attempting to escape their own country only to be met by hate. They are humans and although I do agree something should be done about illegal immigration an 8 billion dollar wall is not something I agree with. We must learn from the past and not repeat the same mistakes, to treat these refugees as lesser beings is unjust and deems us unworthy to call ourselves a land of refuge.