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700 mile US Mexico border fence: Will a fence benefit the US economy?

  • Keep em out

    It would cut off vehicle transport of illegals, forcing those who want to enter the country to pursue legal channels or cover potentially hundreds of miles on foot and overcome other difficult obstacles. It would help contain the illegal drug trade pouring into the country from Mexico and help keep the bloody drug wars outside the United States.

  • Yes, a border fence would benefit the US economy

    If a border fence was installed along the 700 mile Mexico line then it would improve the US economy by a large margin. This would stop people from entering the US illegally, and reduce the amount of money it costs us to staff our border patrol locations. It would also show an increase in workers paying into US benefits.

  • The Great wall of the West

    Not only will a fence between the border help keep illegal immigrants from coming into the country and flooding the job market but it would also create jobs for Americans as they are working and maintaining the fence. With all the jobs that will be saved and created there are so many ways that the economy can benefit.

  • A Border Fence is Economically Foolish.

    The U.S. wastes $3.7 billion per year to keep around 21,000 Border Patrol agents in the field, and another $3.2 billion on 23,000 inspectors at ports of entry along the border, a third of which has already been walled or fenced off. By 2008, this 670-mile fence along the 2000 mile U.S. and Mexico border cost $2.8 Billion. The states which border Mexico are CA, AZ, NM, and TX. These four states combined public school budget reached about $3.5 Billion. So the cost of the fence (wall) was 70% of the annual budget for all four states combined education budget and Border Control cost more than all four states' education budget combined. Economically, this is grossly irresponsible and counter-intuitive.

  • This fence only restricts America's Social Capability, at an unacceptable cost.

    The U.S. counter-productively spends $3.7 billion per year to keep around 21,000 Border Patrol agents in the field, and another $3.2 billion on 23,000 inspectors at ports of entry along the border, a third of which has already been walled or fenced off. By 2008, this 670-mile fence along the 2000 mile U.S. and Mexico border cost $2.8 Billion. The states which border Mexico are CA, AZ, NM, and TX. These four states combined public school budget reached about $3.5 Billion. So the cost of the fence (wall) was 70% of the annual budget for all four states combined education budget and Border Control cost more than all four states' education budget combined. Economically, this is grossly irresponsible and counter-intuitive.

  • Irresponsible Waste of Greatly Needed Money

    The U.S. counterproductively spends $3.7 billion per year to keep around 21,000 Border Patrol agents in the field and another $3.2 billion on 23,000 inspectors at ports of entry along the border, a third of which has already been walled or fenced off. By 2008, this 670 mile fence along the 2000-mile U.S. and Mexico border cost $2.8 Billion. The states which border Mexico are CA, AZ, NM, and TX. These four states combined public school budget reached about $3.5 Billion. So the cost of the fence (wall) was 70% of the annual budget for all four states combined education budget, but Border Control costs more every year, than all four of these states' education budget
    combined. This is economically and fiscally irresponsible.

  • The wall doesn't actually achieve anything

    -It can "stop people from entering the US illegally"-
    The fence is extremely easy get past - climb over it - the fence wont electrocute anyone who touches it and is certainly not too tall to get over. As the fence is huge so patrolling all of it at one time is near-enough impossible so it would also be wrong to say that someone would see an immigrant climbing over the fence.

    -It can "create jobs for Americans"-
    If you really think about it, the people most likely to be building the fence are immigrants.

    -Cost-
    The fence will cost millions of dollars in total, none of which will be made up for in illegal immigrants prevented from entering the country, or through the creation of jobs as when the fence is finished you will suddenly be left with hundreds if not thousands of unemployed people all living in the same general area which has no benefit to the economy what-so-ever.


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