Extending the border wall would have a very limited effect on stopping illegal immigrants and drugs crossing from Mexico into the US, writes Henry Cuellar for CNN. Investing in monitoring technologies, such as cameras and sensors, would make the perimeter easier to oversee. Border Patrol faces staff shortages, which needs to be addressed. The most trafficked areas already have walls but are still crossed regularly. Dealing with people overstaying their visas is a more effective way of stopping illegal immigration as the majority choose this path. Most drugs are smuggled through entry areas, which a new wall wouldn’t stop.
A border wall is the best way to protect the country from crime, illegal aliens and drug smuggling, asserts Paul Sperry of The New York Post. Since El Paso, Texas, introduced its border fence in 2006 it saw a huge fall in all three of those areas. The number of deportable immigrants detected by Border Patrol fell by over 89% during the construction of the fence. Additionally, property and violent crimes fell after its installation and the amount of cannabis and cocaine seized by patrolling staff halved. Once considered highly dangerous due to drug gang activity, El Paso has now become one of America’s safest cities because of its border wall.