Past Features

June 29, 2015

Border Wall Economics
Border fence would pay for itself
Agence France-Presse -- June 29, 2015   
Trump: Mexico will pay for border wall 
    Washington --- Presidential hopeful Donald Trump said in an interview aired on Sunday that he would force Mexico to pay to have a wall built along its northern border with the United States.
    “I would do something very severe unless they contributed or gave us the money to build the wall,” Trump said on CNN's State of the Union.
    It was the billionaire's latest broadside against Mexico since he announced his candidacy June 16 with a speech labelling immigrants from the United States' southern neighbour as drug traffickers, criminals and rapists.
    His comments caused an uproar, prompting Mexico's interior minister to call him “prejudiced and absurd,” and Univision, America's top Spanish-language TV network, to sever its ties with Trump's Miss Universe Organisation.
    In the CNN interview, Trump insisted “you have people coming through the border that are from all over. And they're bad. They're really bad.”
    “I'm not just saying Mexicans, I'm talking about people that are from all over, that are killers, and rapists,” he said.

Bull in a China Shop
Glenn Spencer --- American Patrol Report
    One million people get past the US Border Patrol each year. Some say they cost us at least $3,000 each more than they pay in taxes. That is an additional $3 billion in cost each year. Let's say it cost $9 billion to secure the border with fencing and technology. That cost would be returned in three years - actually much faster.
    Donald Trump is calling for Mexico to pay us to build a wall along the border. The likelihood of that happening is slim and none - and slim just left town. The American people would gladly pay for a fence, but the last two presidents wouldn't let us build it.
    The border solution doesn't lie with Mexico, it lies with the next president.
    Donald Trump is crashing into the border issue like a Bull in a China Shop. I would be glad to set him straight and stop the breakage.