President Trump’s insistence on building a border wall ignores the downsides, reports Peter Wade of Rolling Stone. Doubling down on shutting down the government is a poor choice of priorities. Building the wall is highly complicated, as much of the land between the Rio Grande, which separates the US from Mexico, is privately owned land. Additionally, such a wall would have negatives effects on wildlife. Trump also ignores that since 2007 the biggest cause of illegal immigration is people overstaying their visas, not crossing the border. The wall wouldn’t affect this issue. It’s not worth shutting down the government over.
The Democratic party’s current stance on the border wall is not justified, believes Charles Hunt of The Washington Times. Many of its members that oppose the wall today voted for measures to secure the border in 2006. These include Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer. They understood that allowing the border to be easily crossed is not in the security interests of Americans. The current opposition to Donald Trump’s wall is a clear example of politicians putting partisanship over their country. Illegal immigration creates security issues, which the wall can resolve.