To rile up his supporters, President Trump has presented the false idea that America is under threat and only a border wall can protect it, suggests Leon Krauze of Slate. He is purposefully lying in order to pressure Democrats into funding the wall he proposes. Meanwhile, immigration from Mexico has shrunk dramatically since 2007. Immigrants overstaying their visas is occurring with much more frequency instead. Additionally, these people don’t pose a threat. They are hard-working, peace-loving people that are trying to create a better life in America. Still, Trump repeatedly twists the truth to demonize immigrants.
Democrats are using the government shutdown over funding for the border wall as a political tool against Donald Trump, argues Derek Hunter of Townhall. In doing this, they sacrifice the safety of Americans, who would be better protected by a wall on the border. From violent criminals to drug smugglers, a physical barrier is the best way of preventing bad people from entering the US. Alternatives like more border patrol agents or drones won’t address the biggest problem: illegal people getting into the country. Hundreds of Americans have been killed by illegal immigrants. Democrats need to understand this and fund the border wall.