Throughout the 20th and 21st century, there has been a debate in the United States about whether there should be a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. At this time, there is a border wall between the states of; Texas, California, New Mexico, Arizona and Northern Mexico. The main purpose behind having a border fence is to stop illegal immigrants, criminals, and terrorist from coming into the United States. Currently, in the United States, there are approximately an influx 11 million unauthorized immigrants. Although, a wall currently exists there has been speculation on whether the wall should be extended longer and higher in order to have a secure nation. The specific reasons why Politicians such as President Donald Trump are focusing …show more content…
In fact, the proponents of the building a border fence make the point in which Immigrants are causing environmental problems. Illegal immigrants are the ones who are causing environmental issues when they attempt and to come into the United States. In the article, "Limiting Immigration to Control Population Growth Will Protect the Environment” by Philip Cafaro a Philosophy Professor at Colorado State University and Winthrop Staples III an environmental biologist, they discuss how the stopping immigration is beneficial for the environment. As an example, he argues that with the new wave of immigrants has caused an increase in population and growth of Carbon dioxide emissions. To put in perspective, most immigrants come to the United States seeking a better life and with a better life comes the need of overconsumption. Overconsumption such as having a car which releases pollutants or building a new home. This new wave of immigrants is causing detrimental effects on the American ecological footprint. Also, to note the wave of immigrants has also is creating urbanization. Although urbanization can be positive in this case, it is negative because there has been a destruction of agricultural life to make room for the growing population. Essentially, immigration can be harmful to the environment because this new wave …show more content…
Maria Jimenez is an organizer for a civil rights which helps immigrant workers. In her article “Border Enforcement Has Caused Migrants ' Deaths” she discusses how border patrol has violated human rights and killed immigrants. Also, the United States has failed to take action on human rights issues to focus on national security measures. Jimenez explains “The United States had not complied with international and human rights law acknowledging the principle of good faith, the abuse-of-rights principle and the human right to life.” (Jimenez 2011) This is significant because the failure and the lack to comply with international law and human rights speaks volumes about how a secure border has become more important than human rights. In reality, opponents for the wall take into account that a border wall has caused a violation of human rights and the U.S. government is too concerned with defensive measures and enforcement. This perspective raises the concern of whether a secure border is worth having a safe border wall because it puts basic human rights on the
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It is easier for the Drug Trafficking Organizations because there are no border patrols guarding those areas. As a result, many National parks have become inaccessible to U.S. citizens because they could be killed (“Securing Our Border...”). The Drug Trafficking Organizations are harming the environment because they go through national parks or forests and leave their cars in the forest to rust. They also leave trash behind, which harms the environment especially animals. The fence also harms the environment because it is affecting the migration cycle of many animals.
This book was written by Juan Gonzalez and he explained the struggle of being a Latino/immigrant. Journalist Gonzalez takes a look at how many immigrants lives are being affected due to a U.S Economy and military interests, that in return is causing a flood of immigrants, which are changing the U.S landscape, and its economy. He also digs deep in order to provide interesting detail, of the rarely talked about success of the Latino community, and the many sacrifices Latinos have to undergo in order to succeed in this country despite all the hate and alienation of those that oppose them. “The scorn of the neighbor who does not know us is our greatest danger... Through ignorance it might even come to lay hands on us.
TEXAS/MEXICO BORDER: GEOGRAPHY/ISSUES/CHALLENGES The Mexican border with the State of Texas is a large, rugged and sparsely populated area covering approximately 1,254 miles of the total 1,900 miles of American border territory with Mexico. The river that makes the natural border along the Western and Southwestern part of the state, the Rio Grande, is one of the major means of illegal entry for individuals wishing to enter the United States. The varying patterns of the Rio Grande are responsible for areas measuring less than 75 yards in width, making aquatic entry an enticing and relatively simple solution. Texas has a notoriously porous border and has been exploited for this reason for decades, the agents of the United States Customs and
This scenario is what people hope will be reality if the wall is built all along the southern border. It will create a world where illegal immigrants will have a harder time coming into the United States and disturbing how many Americans live. This wall between the United States and Mexico has led to many arguments on either side. With the United States 2016 Presidential Campaign currently going on and Donald Trump saying that he wants to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, border walls are becoming a popular discussion
The argument about erecting a fence arose because of the illegal immigration, drug smuggling, and further security violations happening along the border, which has increased over the years. More attention to this issue popped up after 9/11. This event led to a strong demand to fortify America’s borders more, thus making the notion of better security along the Mexican border one of the forefront matters on the minds of many officials. Liberals/Progressives tend to believe that Border Patrol should remain hundreds of miles away from border, and that the border stay open without a wall. They think that by building this fence we will be wasting a whole lot of unnecessary funds and resources, it will be pointless and not stop the problems that are
Also, the bill would bolster border security a little further, by adding 20,000 Border Patrol agents. It required completing 700 new miles of new fence along the United States-Mexico line and using $3.2 billion in additional security technology. Texas had taken a more aggressive approach. “The Texas legislature, with the support of state leaders, has dedicated substantial funding over the last several years, and the Department of Public Safety has dedicated a significant amount of resources, technology, equipment and personnel for border security,” Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw stated in an email interview. The staff for the state legislative board had estimated a total spending on the border security of about $452 million from 2008-2013.
After September 11, they sealed the border, built a wall, and began persecuting immigrants and justified it as a problem of security. This perspective became an excuse for everything,” said Sandra Rodriguez, an investigative reporter for Ciudad Juarez’s largest newspaper El Diario. The border and immigration are hot button issues in American politics. Brought up in speeches by candidates from all sides of the aisle and can easily factor into a successful campaign.
The illegal immigration problem between the United States and Mexico has become a critical issue. This has been especially true this past election year, with many candidates proposing their solution to the issue. The most well-known of these solutions is Donald Trump’s proposal of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Everyone, regardless of political affiliation, has differing views on this idea. Most are on either extreme of the spectrum: completely in agreement, or entirely against it.
Border Patrol and U.S. Customs are the officials set in place, controlling the flow of people through the nation’s borders. While these officials take considerable precautions to ensure the protection of borders, a large number of illegal immigrants have discovered alternatives to enter our nation. As reported by CNN a rancher in Hidalgo County, Texas, a county bordering Mexico, faces a daily struggle with migrants passing through his property (Castillo, 2013). Castillo (2013) states, the rancher said to him, “this traffic in this land frustrates him – particularly the potentially dangerous drug traffic – but he acknowledges that most crossers are looking for an opportunity.” Revealed through this CNN article is the battle citizens living on the border face daily with migrants trespassing on their land due to a hole in border security.
One of America’s most controversial issues today is the border between the United States and Mexico. The big part of the issue is due to illegal immigration, which is when foreigners enter the U.S. without an entry or an immigrant visa. President Trump says he has found a solution, otherwise known as the “border wall,” but this will not stop people from wanting a better life. Of course I get why he and others would want to continue the process obviously to keep us safe from terrorists and other dangers of the world, but, to every pro there is a con. Even though the fence along the U.S./Mexico border is already being built, it should not continue being built because it is expensive, hurts the environment, and immigration rates have significantly dropped.
America is an amazing country, but there is more that could be done to protect the border. The united states must change the way they monitor the border, and make it more strict. Though diversity is good, there are too many illegal immigrants entering the United States. I do not think it is fair that people can illegally cross the border and take jobs from Americans. In order to increase protection of the border, the United States should have men posted throughout the border, increase security, and make the punishments for illegally crossing more intense.
In Reece Jones article Why to Build a Border Wall?, originally published on November 8, 2012, in the North American Congress of Latin America, Jones explains the United States purpose of building a border wall. He states that these walls and fences are the results of the state internal politics and three specific reasons are made up to construct a border wall. These reasons are based on the state sovereignty, protection of wealth and cultural practices. Jones also establishes that barrier constructions legitimate and intensifies the internal practices of a sovereign state.
Effects of Immigration Immigration has been occurring since the dawn of time, People moving from one place to another for better living conditions. Immigration is both good and bad for the country that is involved. People bringing in great new ideas to help grow the country but it can also created over population and less job opportunity for the citizens of the country. These are all mentioned in Plymouth Plantation, Mother Tongue, Balboa, and Blaxicans. Immigrants’ impact on America is both negative and positive depending on the viewpoint of the original culture.
Nikola Tesla, an inventor, a scientist, and an immigrant. He is the man behind many inventions that we use to this date, and one of America’s most famous immigrants. He was born in a providence of Croatia in 1856 to honest hard working parents. They were farmers and his father was also pastor. Tesla came to the United States in search for a better life and to spread his inventions.
The past two years have shown us what could go wrong if their isn’t constant protection around our nation. Protection security could also be a substitute for building walls around the border however it does cost a lot of money and so does building a wall. As Trump wants to build a wall between Mexico and the United States for protection. The question people now start to ask is who will pay for this wall? The wall could cost from twelve to twenty five billion dollars and the people who build it should be payed too.