A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library. ~Shelby Foote

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Mr. Bush, build this wall!

With apologies to Ronald Reagan. But as evil and antithetical to everything America holds true as the Berlin Wall was, a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico might be good and representative of what we claim to believe in. It would need to be coupled with a nearly total overhaul of our immigration system so that legal immigration is made far, far less difficult that it is now, and in which current illegal aliens can earn citizenship, but it would go a long way towards eliminating illegal immigration from Mexico.

And it might even be good for Mexico. Imagine that. By building a wall between our two countries, Mexico will finally have to begin to address its own economic shortcomings without being able to rely on sending its workers to the U.S. where they then send much of their pay back to Mexico.

I'm hard pressed to think of a real downside to building the wall other than cost. And given the costs that illegal immigration puts on our society and its institutions, I'm hard pressed to think that the cost of building a wall would be substantially greater than not building a while. Quite likely, it will end up being a positive in a cost/benefit analysis.

Mr. Bush, Build This Wall!


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