Friday, December 14, 2018

Keep the Dreamers and Build the Wall

The Washington Post on the potential for a deal on the Dreamers and the border wall.

My reaction: go for a deal.

Keep the Dreamers and build the wall. It makes no sense to send the Dreamers back to a nation they don't really know. 

At the same time, it does makes sense to control our borders. The current immigration control pressures are bad enough but the future may be even worse. Drug wars, severe economic downturns, disease epidemics, and revolutions in Mexico, Central, and South America could easily spark massive surges of people trying to get into the United States for jobs, medical care, or basic safety. When and if that happens, the foresight of building a wall will be evident.

Should an immigration policy be humane? Absolutely. But the very term "policy" implies a level of control that the current situation does not provide.

Keep the Dreamers. Build the wall.


Texas Leigh said...

We only need $5 billion and that's for more than the wall. It's for more border patrol, more tech, and more drones. It's for border security in a multi-pronged effort. Now, what's $5 billion compared to the $30 billion perhaps being spent to construct the "ike Dike" to protect Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula in Texas?

Michael Wade said...

Texas Leigh,

Good point. I think the wall and the related efforts are a bargain.