President Trump, last week, signed an executive order that will begin the construction of a wall along the U.S./Mexico border.
Since then, the discussion has become: where will the money come from? How will it be built?
The United States is not the first (or only) country to consider building a wall along its borders.
Per Daily Mail, 65 other countries already have or are currently building some form of fence that stretches along their landlocked borders. 25 years ago, there were only 16.
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From Israel’s separation barrier (or ‘apartheid wall’ as it is known by the Palestinians), to the 2,500-mile barbed-wire fence India is building around Bangladesh, to the enormous sand ‘berm’ that separates Morocco from rebel-held parts of the Western Sahara…
Three other countries – Kenya, Saudi Arabia and Turkey – are all constructing border fences in a bid to keep out jihadist groups next door in Somalia, Iraq and Syria.
Seven miles of barrier have already been erected along the border at Reyhanli town in Hatay province – a main point for smuggling and border-crossing from Syria – the private Dogan news agency said.
The fence in Turkey will eventually stretch for 28 miles along a key stretch of its border with Syria.
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But the Turkish wall pales into insignificance when compared to the multi-layered fence which will one day stretch 600 miles from Jordan to Kuwait along Saudi’s border with Iraq – a line of defence against ISIS.
Sources say globalization was expected to decrease the need for stringent border policies internationally, but with a rise in terrorism and immigration conflicts in recent years, the desire for greater border security has increased substantially.
In its statement regarding the border security executive order, the White House cited the specific reasons for a heightened need to secure the U.S./Mexico border:
The recent surge of illegal immigration at the southern border with Mexico has placed a significant strain on Federal resources and overwhelmed agencies charged with border security and immigration enforcement, as well as the local communities into which many of the aliens are placed.
Transnational criminal organizations operate sophisticated drug- and human-trafficking networks and smuggling operations on both sides of the southern border, contributing to a significant increase in violent crime and United States deaths from dangerous drugs.
The wall is just one phase of an across-the-board strengthening of U.S. national security conditions.