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A reading of what is in Wikipedia about the history of the border between the U.S. and Mexico is not only recommended but it should be required reading prior to anyone deciding what should be done – and/or not done – as it relates to the wall. Visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexico%E2%80%93United_States_barrier.

Since its inception in 1924, the U.S. Border Patrol aims “to protect migrants, help them to seek asylum — in case they need to — and deport them in case they don’t have a valid reason to be in our country.” And, in recent decades laws have been enacted that “further ensures the safety and territorial integrity of the U.S.” They're included in the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Unlike the flow of escaping immigrants from the Southern Hemisphere to the United States, when Germany got divided up between the Allies and Soviet Russia after World War II, the flow of escaping immigrants was one way: toward the Allied controlled half of Germany. The Soviets set up a formidable “wall” and other barriers to prevent people from escaping from East Germany. Since it was all one country originally with the people all speaking German, it was natural for the Allies to accept the inflow of Germans coming from East Germany.

The obvious difference between then and now is that the escaping people coming to our southern border are citizens of Mexico and other nearby countries speaking a different language and having significant cultural differences. They are mostly poor desperate people fleeing from the hell their countries have become. And, seeing so many children among them should be enough proof that the majority are definitely not “criminals seeking to come into our country to kill us and/or rape the women!”

The Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Customs & Border Protection Agency, as well as the governors of California, Arizona and Texas are unanimous in saying “no” to a wall! However, what they do want is “surveillance equipment, cameras, sensors, surveillance equipment and any and all other border security manpower and technology as needed!”

And so, my question to President Trump is “why aren't you listening to those who know what is best?”

Joyce Hackett Smith-Moore

Auburn

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