Viewpoint: Don’t let the Left fool you -- the wall works
BY REP. TED BUDD
Back in January, I spent a few days in Arizona with Customs and Border Patrol personnel touring areas along our southern border. After the trip, I thought about the vulnerabilities at the border, the humanitarian crisis that exists, and the tremendous national security threat that our country faces by failing to adequately deter illegal border crossings.
What baffles me is that many members of the Democratic Party in Washington and many hosts of nightly cable news shows don’t seem to think illegal immigration is a serious issue. No developed country -- especially one as exceptional as ours -- should have such porous borders. Over the course of many months I’ve heard my Democratic colleagues argue against building new barriers along the southern border, even going as far as saying it wouldn’t be effective.
The facts beg to differ.
Before the 1990s, San Diego was one of the top cities in the United States for Customs and Border Patrol apprehensions. To address the issue, a new barrier was built along the San Diego-Mexico border in the 1990s, which resulted in a 75 percent decline in illegal entries after fencing was installed.
While politicians on the left want you to believe that San Diego’s success was isolated, I would urge you to look at the wall built between Tucson, Arizona, and Mexico in 2000. The wall between Tucson and Mexico resulted in a 90 percent drop in apprehensions over 15 years.
The research clearly shows that walls are effective, and there is no question that it would help our men and women fulfill their main responsibility: protecting our nation.
Rep. Ted Budd is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Iredell County.