Do border walls work? The consensus among Democratic pundits and lawmakers clearly is “no”:
“We know walls don’t work, that they don’t stop drugs. That they don’t stop migration,” Democrat Rep. Veronica Escobartold CNN. Trump’s main shutdown-opponent Chuck Schumer echoed much of the same, that “a big, concrete wall is expensive and it doesn’t work.” “The Conversation,” a website with articles authored by academics and edited by professional journalists, published a piece beginning with the sentence “history teachers us walls don’t work,” before failing to provide any evidence in the 800-word article that followed. Nancy Pelosi has taken the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez approach and decided to put morality before the facts, arguing that walls are “immoral.”
And of course they all know better. After all, both Pelosi and Schumer were among those who voted in favor of the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which approved construction of 652 miles of fencing at the border. Three years after voting in favor of the Act, Schumer was pleased by the progress, stating in a speech that “construction of a 630-mile border fence that creates a significant barrier to illegal immigration on our southern land border,” before he then turned to slam employers who hire illegal immigrants. Surely he doesn’t believe that fencing is a deterrent, but concrete isn’t.
All that Schumer and company needed to change their opinion was a change in President – thus confirming their complete lack of principles.
Rather than speculate over whether a complete wall at the U.S. Mexico border would work as intended, history does have much to teach us, and it’s that walls do work. Just Facts Daily‘s Daniel Marulanda and James Agresti examined the effects border walls had on illegal crossings and terrorism in two countries: Hungary and Israel.