Border Fence

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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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