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If anyone has watched the film ‘Sicario‘ they’ll be well aware of the atrocious degree of criminality taking place daily at the US-Mexico border. You have drug smuggling, people trafficking, random murder, illegal entry and gang violence.
Nobody is saying President Trump’s wall will be 100% successful in keeping all such activities at bay. But what it will do is significantly harden America’s southern border to drastically reduce the levels.
Indeed no less a person that Carla Provost, the newly announced chief of US border patrol, has said the following:
“We already have many miles, over 600 miles of barrier along the border. I have been in locations where there was no barrier, and then I was there when we put it up. It certainly helps. It’s not a be all end all. It’s a part of a system. We need the technology, we need that infrastructure.”
Estimates from 2015 put the number of illegal immigrants in the USA at 11 million! The overwhelming majority come from Central and South America. What concerns me is not a democratically-elected Head of State following through on a pledge to protect the borders and territorial integrity of his own country, it’s the opposition to such measures from powerful political forces determined to delegitimise the very concepts of both border and national security.
Whether it’s the campaign to encourage illegal migrants into southern Europe, efforts to keep those arriving by boat on the Kent coast here in the UK indefinitely, or else the US Democrats doing all in their power to ensure the US-Mexico frontier remains relatively porous, there seems to be a concerted political campaign to render sovereign borders themselves totally meaningless. Occasionally this manifests itself in absurd articles such as this one or this one – promoted nearly 3 years ago on our own state broadcaster.
It matters not if sections of the political establishment are striving for a borderless world. The crucial fact is the voters they represent most certainly are not! The populist pushback against unchecked immigration from Latin America gave rise to the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump – predicated on the candidate’s promise to build secure border wall. Here in Europe, the cascade of asylum-seekers into Germany has fuelled opposition to Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the decade-long principle of free EU movement helped to give rise to Brexit.
Those at the top can bury their heads in the sand for as long as they like, but pushing for an end to national boundaries will, at some stage, lead to their own political demise. It’s as certain as night follows day
For ordinary people borders matter. Why? Because the nation state matters. It’s an essential part of the identity mosaic. Trump understands that; the Democrats increasingly do not. That’s why, barring some unforeseen catastrophe, Donald Trump will be a two-term president.