How To Reverse Biden's Border Crisis? Bring Back Trump's Wall!
"I believe at the end of this administration fifteen million people will have come into our country illegally," President Trump recently said in remarks at Edinburg, Texas.
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“We had the most secure border in our history. Now we have the most insecure border, I believe, in the history of the world … I believe at the end of this administration fifteen million people will have come into our country illegally.” So remarked the 45th President in a recent visit down to Edinburg, Texas at the border. And he’s correct: under President Trump’s leadership, the US-Mexico border was the most secure it had been in generations. The Trump administration ended catch-and-release, took down human traffickers, deported record numbers of illegal alien gang members, decreased illegal immigration overall by 83%, and built 465 miles of powerful new wall.
There would have been even more wall built, too, but for the gridlock from Capitol Hill that slowed down the process all throughout Trump’s first term in office – gridlock which came from both sides of the aisle, from then-Speaker Paul Ryan, who never believed in President Trump’s plan to build a southern wall and actively subverted him every step of the way, to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer’s irrational unwillingness to fork over a measly $5 billion – which is a drop in the bucket of the total amount spent on the Ukraine (estimated to be in the hundreds of billions of dollars), during that memorably contentious White House budget negotiation Oval Office session when the Democrats shut down the federal government because they evidently did not believe in the sovereignty of the nation state.
Fortunately, more Americans appear to be waking up to the axiomatic precept that nations need borders to survive. With potentially fifteen million illegals crossing over from Mexico into the United States over Biden’s illegitimate term in office, the United States is deep in the throes of a catastrophe, truly without precedent. Even liberal mayors, such as Eric Adams of New York City, have criticized the Biden regime’s management of the border crisis – as the problem at the border inevitably becomes their problem too, and no city has the manpower or resources to process tens of thousands of new arrivals every single month. Nor should they: most illegals crossing the border are convicted felons, or otherwise unfit to be assimilated in American society. They are low-skilled laborers, many of whom are military age men, and regardless of their reason for coming here, contribute to and exacerbate various crises that our policymakers have already proven incapable of managing themselves – whether child sex trafficking or drug cartels or the spread of infectious diseases, to just scratch the surface.
Accordingly, under President Trump’s next administration (which is a prospect that every poll would suggest foreordained, save the ever-persistent concern of interference by the deep state’s weaponized justice department), one of the first items on the docket will be to fortify the southern border once and for all. Of course, this policy should include mass deportations, ending birthright citizenship, suspending H-1B visas, travel bans, and a slew of other aggressive measures designed to undo some of the near-irreparable damage caused by decades of Uniparty incompetence. But, on top of everything else, will be a revival of the discussion of the border wall, which, unlike in the first administration, is now much more popular among the American public writ large – as they increasingly recognize the urgency of the crisis, and have come around to the unassailable fact that walls work. And America is in desperate need of one.
Regardless of where one falls on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, both sides seem to agree on the fact that Israel, like any nation state, has a right to defend itself – and part of that defense must include a militarized border wall. Despite recent events, Israel’s militarized wall has been remarkably effective – it is a concept American officials should note and likewise replicate on their own southern border. The Trump administration put up over 450 miles of wall during the first term; the second term should strive to cover as much of the remaining approximately two-thousand-mile border as logistically possible. Priorities should be placed on high-risk areas, such as Eagle Pass, Texas, which is protected by nothing but loosely distributed barbed wire, that has quickly become a powder keg for illegal crossings.
Recent video from investigative journalist, Ryan Matta, documenting how easy it is for illegal migrants to enter the United States from Mexico. As seen, the Eagle Pass entrance point is only protected by a layer of barbed wire, no wall, and migrants are even aided by Texas border patrol.
At this point, given the sheer magnitude of the crisis, there should be no cap on border wall funding: the end goal of a secure border should justify any means necessary to accomplish that goal — including a blank check for the wall. Nor should there be any limit on our vision for what a properly secured border might look like. If anything, there should be multiple border walls: the wall that was partially erected under the first Trump administration should be completed to cover as much of the rest of the US-Mexico border as possible. But another, even stronger border wall should be placed in front of the current wall. American engineers should aspire to build the most formidable wall of any sort in human history. If any place has the capability and means of pulling that feat off, it should be America, given our world dominant architectural prowess and engineering might. We should take inspiration from other great walls throughout world history – the Vatican Wall, the Great Wall of China, the aforementioned Israeli border – and design something that combines the best features of all these cases, while adding to that formula.
The United States should take inspiration from other famous walls, including Israel’s militarized wall running the length of the Gaza strip, secured by the IDF (above); and the wall separating Vatican City from the rest of Rome (below):
Ideally, the American border wall should be built of the highest quality and most durable materials — stone, steel, etc. — emblazoned with the Trump name in his trademark gold plates, and be anywhere from twenty-five to forty feet high (or higher!). The wall should be explosive-proof. Further, it should be equipped with state of the art, military-grade technology: drones, sensors, AI. There should also be a robust human presence, monitoring border crossings twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Instead of facilitating border crossings, as the current border patrol criminally does so often, all those agents should be fired and replaced with armed border patrol troops ready, willing, and able to enforce the law, no matter the cost. To the extent any illegals manage to breach the new border wall, they should be immediately deported. To the extent these aliens are dangerous, such as dangerous drug smugglers and child sex traffickers, they should be shot on sight. These uncompromising measures, combined with the wall, will help furnish an extraordinary deterrent that should, in short order, put the rest of the world on notice, and set a new standard for how a first world country can secure its borders in this tumultuous, modern world.
In the past, the United States was capable of world-historical feats of engineering, including the Panama Canal, which first broke ground during Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency (seen above) in 1904, and was completed ten years later.
America used to be a place that overcame great odds to actualize tremendous feats of engineering. The Panama Canal of over a century ago readily comes to mind. So too does the Transcontinental Railroad, a half century before that. Or the Hoover Dam. And the Empire State Building. The Midtown Tunnel. The Golden Gate Bridge. So too do the countless skyscrapers (including Trump Tower) that form the landscapes of our major cities. Today, where America’s capabilities are presumably at an all-time peak, we should — and do — have the means to pull off the greatest feat of engineering in our history. The Trump wall, once it is all said and done, could theoretically eclipse the greatness of every single one of these aforementioned feats – that is what the goal should be, one that is certainly within our reach. The only question remaining: do we have the civilizational willpower to make it happen?
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Paul Ingrassia is a Law Clerk at The McBride Law Firm, PLLC. He graduated from Cornell Law School in 2022 and is on the Board of Advisors of the New York Young Republican Club. He is also a two-time Claremont Fellow. Follow him on Twitter @PaulIngrassia, Substack, Truth Social, and Rumble.