‘Bridges are better than walls.” declared Hillary in her victory speech. Michelle Obama also referenced Donald Trump’s signature policy proposal: “We don’t give into our fears. We don’t build up walls to keep people out because we know that our greatness has always depended on contributions from people who were born elsewhere.” To the Left, the wall is a symbol of division and resentment. Why would we want to keep people out? Yet the Department of Homeland Security considers border security, absolutely essential: “Protecting our borders from the illegal movement of weapons, drugs, contraband, and people, while promoting lawful entry and exit, is essential to homeland security, economic prosperity, and national sovereignty.” The tragic murder of Kate Steinle at the hands of a five-time deportee, clearly proves that our borders are not secure enough. For the first time, the National Border Patrol Council endorsed a presidential candidate: Donald Trump.
The NBPC has had a longstanding practice of not endorsing presidential candidates in the primaries. We will not, however, shy away from voicing our opinions as it pertains to border security and the men and women of the United States Border Patrol. As such, we are breaking with our past practice and giving our first-ever endorsement in a presidential primary. We think it is that important: if we do not secure our borders, American communities will continue to suffer at the hands of gangs, cartels and violent criminals preying on the innocent. The lives and security of the American people are at stake, and the National Border Patrol Council will not sit on the sidelines.
How should Trump’s wall be implemented? Eve Stieglitz, a New York strategist, offered her thoughts:
“The wall shouldn’t just be a physical wall across the whole United States border with Mexico. The wall is also going to be a virtual security infrastructure supported by a comprehensive technology system similar to what we already have protecting New York State.
If let’s say NAFTA gets on his way to being dismantled, American companies that have factories in Mexico would wind up having to pay a tariff that would make it pointless to manufacture there. Eventually, they would end up moving the factories back to America, which would mean less money for Mexico and their government. The tariff amount would fluctuate with any increases in the minimum wage if that were continue to take place in even more states. Raising our wages would also hurt Mexico because more companies based in Mexico that did business with Americans could potentially be compelled to open an office or two in America to in order to avoid tariffs. Mexico only accounts for 14.3 percent of our exports and just 12.3 percent accounts for our imports.
Mexico wouldn’t dare try to impose economic sanctions on us is because we’re really the only ones that import from it. The US accounts for 78.8 percent of Mexico’s exports and they want to keep as much of that as possible. Mexico only accounts for about 2 percent of our net exports so If they don’t want to export anything to us, we’ll just use the saved money on something else. It’s economic suicide for Mexico to risk doing business with the US. The United States is in a position of strength and Mexico will be in a position of appeasement and therefore willing to the pay for the wall.
Last month in San Diego we saw that the longest smuggling tunnel ever constructed along California’s border with Mexico that spans over 2,600 feet. Building up the both virtual and physical border with Mexico and imposing tariffs on them will actually strengthen our strategic partnership with Israel. For example two weeks ago the U.S. has bankrolled $120 million over the next three years to help Israel develop sensor technology to identify complex tunnel systems built by Hamas from Gaza into Israel to carry out terrorist attacks. The US hopes that after comprehensive fields tests by the IDF are conducted, it could eventually use the Israeli technology to detect tunnels along the Mexico border.
At minimum, we must enforce existing immigration laws, at our southern border. Then we should increase funding for border patrol. Eve’s proposals should be considered. Hillary, we don’t need nice-sounding platitudes when it comes to national security. Bridges encourage more illegal immigration. Walls discourage it. Like you ever cared about the safety of the American people.