While immigrationists have long maintained that "walls don't work," their real gripe might be that they do. This is perhaps why presidential candidate Bernie Sanders expressed willingness to tear existing border barriers down, and it's certainly why the acting CBP commissioner was just able to report that a new border wall section has drastically cut illegal migration.
As the online USAFeatures.news reports, "Mark Morgan, acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, told a congressional committee Wednesday that a 20-mile section of new border wall near El Paso, Texas, has reduced illegal immigration by as much as 80 percent."
"‘We've seen apprehensions and illegal entries and gotaways all being reduced by over 80% in that 20-mile stretch,' he told the House Appropriations Committee," the site also informed. Drug smuggling has been cut in the area as well.
Morgan mentioned that the new border barriers aren't solely responsible for the reduced incursions. "He told lawmakers that walls along with roads and lighting and, in some cases multiple layers of fencing, are contributing to fewer illegal crossings as well," USAFeatures.news further reports.
Immigrationist naysayers (i.e., Democrats) have complained that the walls already have been breached. This misses the point. Morgan explained that the barriers act as "force multipliers," slowing illegals down and giving border agents time to respond to breaches.
In other words, walls are part of a comprehensive - a term immigrationists love - approach to border protection. This can be analogized to a home. It's not just that a nation without secure borders is like a house without walls and locked doors, but also that a property owner may not rely on just those barriers. He may also have an alarm system, surveillance cameras, and a guard dog.
Moreover, walls can be even more effective than Morgan lets on. Just consider the testimonial of David Rubin, former mayor of Shiloh, Israel, on a 2018 edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight. "Rubin said that the amount of rapes and murders in southern Tel Aviv ‘skyrocketed' between 2010 and 2012, when around 55,000 illegal immigrants [a large number for small Israel] entered the country," reportedFox News Insider.
"In 2016, he continued, after the Israeli government built a steel wall between the border of Egypt and Israel, only 11 illegal immigrants entered the country."
"And then they raised the height of the wall an additional several feet," Fox New Insider also related, "‘and in 2017, there was not one illegal immigrant that made it through the southern border into Israel,' he added. ‘It works'" (video below).
So there's a reason why China built its Great Wall, the Romans constructed Hadrian's Wall in Britannia, border barriers have risen all over today's Europe, politicians' homes are often surrounded by fences/walls, and pseudo-elites may lived in "gated" communities.
In fact, when the online Daily Caller's reporters traveled to Washington, D.C., last year to try to verify President Trump's claim that Barack Obama had a 10-foot wall around his home there, they couldn't get close enough to do so. They "were stopped by all of Obama's other walls from even finding out," the site wrote.
But we could learn from Obama. His D.C. abode has a high-tech guard tower, armed personnel, and who knows what other James Bond features to stop actual Americans from entering his realm. This is 2020. On our southern border, we not only can construct a stellar wall but employ high technology, with patrol drones, surveillance cameras, and heat-and-motion-sensing and microphonic devices (just as examples) perhaps feeding information into a central computer for analysis and, when necessary, the summoning of authorities.
So "Walls don't work"? "We can't stop illegal migration"? "Can't lives on Won't Street," as the saying goes. Immigrationists make excuses because they can't make a good case - because the real reason they love immigration is power.
Eighty-five to 90 percent of the United States' post-1967 immigrants have come from the Third World; moreover, the vast majority of Third World newcomers vote for leftists upon naturalization - all over the Western world.
Prominent statists are well aware of this factor, too. Andrew Neather, former aide to ex-British Prime Minister Tony Blair, confessed in 2009 that the massive immigration into the United Kingdom over the previous 15 years was designed to "rub the Right's nose in diversity and render their arguments out of date." And Barack Obama said in 2015 that he was "optimistic" statism would prevail "because this country [the United States] just becomes more and more of a hodgepodge of folks."
So, hey, who needs walls, a nation, and a cohesive people when you can have a hodgepodge?
Selwyn Duke (@SelwynDuke) has written for The New American for more than a decade. He has also written for The Hill, Observer, The American Conservative, WorldNetDaily, American Thinker, and many other print and online publications. In addition, he has contributed to college textbooks published by Gale-Cengage Learning, has appeared on television, and is a frequent guest on radio.