The issue of immigration across the Mexican US border has been the topic of discussion for a very long time. It is believed that there are over 10 million immigrants in the US and 57% of them are from Mexico. Immigration from Mexico to the US has been termed as a massive influx of Mexicans which has been associated with cultural diversity, overpopulation in the cities, straining of social services, provision of inexpensive labour alternatives and tension among the citizens. This border stretches for 1951 miles from California to Texas and is the border that has the highest frequency of crossover all over the globe. This has therefore caught the attention of the head office in the United States and the best solution to curb this immigration is being sought. Of late, President Donald Trump has impressed some people and also angered others by agreeing to set in and build a wall which he believes to be the solution to the undocumented illegal immigration into the United States. We are therefore left to wonder, is building a wall across the United States Mexico border an effective tool to curb undocumented immigration and is it the best solution or is it just bad leadership?
Research shows that majority of the so-called illegal immigrants enter the United States by air (Genova, p17). Nonetheless, president Trump has majorly been focusing on entry without inspection (Martin, p161). However, most of the illegal immigrants enter the United States with valid visas, but when they arrive, they fail to leave the country even when their papers expire which can be termed as overstaying. This is done by people from Canada, Mexico, India, Europe, South America, Asia and Africa among other worlds (Genova, p17). In this perspective, the wall does not act as a solution. Looking for those who have overstayed and ensuring that they return to their countries is the only way that can solve this problem.
The general assumption that everyone who speaks Spanish is Mexican is a far more poor way of handling things (Martin, p161). A large number of people who illegally migrate to America originates from Central America. These people are said to escape from harsh conditions of El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala as well as other nations that are politically unstable and look for refuge in America where the conditions are not such severe. They then traverse across the harsh Mexican land with most of them being women and kids. The year 2014 saw deportation of over 150000 people from Central America which is an increase of 44% of deportation from the year 2013. 97% of those who were deported were Mexicans and the rest from the other states (Genova, p17). This indicates that the migration of humans is not only a Mexican problem but a Central American problem. Stopping immigration through a wall is not the solution since the immigrants can always seek other means to enter the state and stay and this creates problems that can never be solved by building a wall.
There is a reduction in the number of Mexicans entering the US border, and more illegal immigrants who are not from Mexico are being apprehended at the United States border. A reduction of 85% of the number of illegal immigrants from Mexico to the US has been noted from 1.6 million people in 2014 to 229000 (Genova, p17). Rather than building a wall across the border, it would be far more logical and less costly to have a conversation with the government of Mexico to help in capturing the illegal immigrants who have fled from central America and look for a way of helping them by either housing them in Mexico or returning them to their country of origin. Expecting Mexico to pay for a wall yet it is not the citizens of Mexico who are creating the purported problem at the border is ridiculous. The year 2015 saw a dramatic increase in the number of illegal Canadian immigrants which was 20% more than the number of the illegal Mexicans traversing across the Mexican border to the United States (Genova, p17). The cost of building the wall compared to the number of immigrants from the other countries is ridiculous bearing in mind that most of the illegal immigrants are originating from the other states thus building a wall across the United States Mexican border will be a waste of resources.
According to Genova (p17), between the year 2009 and 2014, the number of Mexican illegal immigrants residing in the United States has reduced since the working conditions in their country have improved exponentially. Therefore, more Mexicans who were residing in the United States have returned to their home country thus creating more job opportunities for most of the Native Americans as well as the illegal immigrants from the other states. Nonetheless, these job opportunities have been taken by the immigrants from the other nations which means that the job opportunities that are thought to be possessed by illegal Mexicans are just a false speculation. Building a wall would result in higher losses rather than what the United States will gain (Still, p4). Thus the wall will not solve the real solution of illegal Mexicans immigration into the United States since very few people are expected to illegally shift from Mexico to the United States.
Most of the states where developing as a result of illegal immigration are not on the US Mexican border. The states though to be growing from this act are Pennsylvania, Washington, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia, Louisiana, Arizona, and New Mexico among others. The states in or close to the border such as Alabama, California, Illinois, Nevada, Georgia, and South Carolina have experienced a reduction in the number of illegal immigrants. The areas that are infested with illegal immigrants are not close to this border (Still, p4). Therefore, building a wall across this border is not a solution to the problem of illegal immigrants since most of these immigrants are nowhere close to the states near the border but are working in the United States.
The courts dealing with the issues of immigration are clogged with numerous cases over years that have not been addressed. The system of immigration has proved to be broken due to the heavy load of immigration cases that are yet to be addressed which has resulted in collateral damage. Few judges have been allocated to address numerous immigration issues since most of the other judges are busy addressing the major issues affecting the country (Still, p4). This has been seen across the reign of President George Bush, Barrack Obama and is still the case that is being addressed by president Trump. President Trump promised to deport over 3 million people (Martin, p161) without considering that the immigration courts are on the verge of the breaking. If this would happen, the immigration system is bound to go to a halt.
Building a wall across the united states Mexican border is not the ultimate solution to the problem of the undocumented illegal immigrants since the entry point of the illegal immigrants to US is mostly through the air, most Mexicans have relocated back to their country due to improved standards of living and economy, most of the immigrants are from thee other countries in the world, illegal immigrants are already within united states and are not moving in right t now and Mexico is not willing to participate in building this wall since there is only a small number of people moving from Mexico to united states and that it has been ignored in making this decision. A better solution to this problem should, therefore, be sought to avoid spending a large amount of money in building a wall which will never act as a solution to this problem
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