There is much written and even more said about President Trump’s proposed wall along the border between Mexico and the U.S. What about the other southern border?
Where was former Mexican President Vicente Fox while Barack Obama gave Mexico millions of dollars to secure Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala?
First, what you don’t know: The Mérida Initiative by which the Obama administration provided $2.6 billion for Mexico to secure its southern border.
According to the U.S. State Department’s website, “The Merida Initiative is an unprecedented partnership between the United States and Mexico to fight organized crime and associated violence while furthering respect for human rights and the rule of law.”
How do the two southern borders compare? The Mexican southern border with Belize and Guatemala runs 697 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean.
The United States of America spent $2.6 billion of U.S. tax dollars to protect 697 miles of Mexico’s southern border. This comes to $3,730,273 per mile. Who complained? Certainly neither Democrats nor CNN or any of the other mainstream media, including Univision.
By comparison, our U.S. southern border that runs 1,952 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean, almost three times the length of Mexico’s southern border.
Cost estimates for President Trump’s proposed southern border wall range from $15 to $25 billion. At this point in time, these are ‘guestimates’ because a team of engineers must be assembled to draw up plans and specifications that will tell us the true cost of construction.
So we ask ourselves, “Is it worth it?”
According to the progressive Center for Immigration Studies, “Based on the NAS data, illegal border-crossers create an average fiscal burden of approximately $74,722 during their lifetimes, excluding any costs for their U.S.-born children. If a border wall stopped between 160,000 and 200,000 illegal crossers — 9 to 12 percent of those expected to successfully cross in the next decade — the fiscal savings would equal the $12 to $15 billion cost of the wall.”
Read the Center for Immigration Studies report: camarota-report-the-cost-of-a-border-wall-vs-the-cost-of-illegal-immigration
The answer to that question we ask ourselves is a resounding YES.
Final question: Will Mexico pay all or part of our southern border? We paid for theirs, but I doubt the corrupt Mexican government will reciprocate.