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Border wall history

The year 2000 marked one of the largest waves of illegal immigration over our southern border. By 2006, a bipartisan agreement was reached to build a wall on that border. About 700 miles were completed, but then stopped due to difficult terrain and private property conflicts. The government consequently changed gears to emphasize more border patrol agents with a drone program to direct their efforts.

This tri-part program has seen illegal immigration drop every year. More border patrol agents are needed, and funding for hiring them has bipartisan approval.

More wall was never an issue until political focus groups realized how well it would play and instructed Trump to shout “Build a wall” at rallies. It’s a made-up issue that can never be realistically implemented.

The entire debate is a waste of time and energy.

Teresa Lowe


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