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A closer look at Trump's border wall with Mexico
By Carol Hatcher
“A nation without borders is not a nation,” President Donald Trump said after signing the orders to begin building the much-talked-about wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The current boundary is actually a compilation of fences and other assorted barriers on the 1,954-mile border with Mexico. However, these barriers only cover 652 miles of that expanse.
In areas of large populations, the Department of Homeland Security has doubled and tripled the layers of fencing. But in less dense areas, single fences run along the edge between countries. And that fence is riddled with holes and gaps in many places. There are some spots along the border where people can practically walk right through, often after swimming through some of the shallower areas of the Rio Grande.
No one knows this better than 88-year-old Pamela Taylor. She lives in the border town of Brownsville, Texas and often sees people emerge from the river to scatter through her neighborhood trying to dodge the Border Patrol. Taylor places bottles of water in a large cooler in her yard for both the migrants and the Border Patrol. “You have to be Christian about it. You know it's not good to see people starve," Taylor told CNN in an interview.
In 2006, President George W. Bush signed the Secure Fence Act into law. Only 653 miles of the approved 700 miles was completed when Obama took office in 2009. So, Trump is beginning the wall immediately with the legal authority to build the remaining 47 miles of fence. He will, however, need Congress to approve the remaining miles to complete the wall. This may prove to be a problem as the Democrats aren’t likely to approve the extra spending to build it.
Just how much money is in question? No one really knows. President Trump once estimated the wall to cost somewhere between $8 and $12 billion. The GOP think the cost is more like $12 to $15 billion, while a Bernstein Research group predicts the cost as high as $15 to $25 billion. While campaigning, Trump suggested Mexico should pay for the wall. But it’s not that simple. Mexico has refused to pay for a wall it doesn’t want. Now Trump is suggesting taxpayers foot the bill and Mexico can reimburse the country. “Mexico in some form, and there are many different forms, will reimburse us and they will reimburse us for the cost of the wall,” Trump said. “That will happen, whether it’s a tax or whether it’s a payment—probably less likely that it’s a payment. But it will happen.”
But are Mexicans the only ones who don’t want the wall? A Pew Research poll conducted in August found only 36 percent of Americans are in favor of the wall. A look at the facts shows the fences have curbed some of the illegal crossing and drug smuggling. When the fences were strengthened in Arizona, the apprehension rate dropped significantly. But it increased in the harder-to-fence border at the Rio Grande. In 2016, the Border Patrol agents stopped more than 186,000 illegals and seized more than 326,000 pounds of marijuana.
Building a wall is a complex solution to an even more complicated problem. There are also those people who will have their land seized by eminent domain and wildlife habitats containing endangered species that will be destroyed. While those seem small compared to the larger picture, they are details that affect lives nonetheless.
Recently Trump was compared to the prophet Nehemiah by pastor Dr. Robert Jeffries, of First Baptist Church of Dallas. But Christians need to be careful of such comparisons. President Trump is a national leader chosen by the people. Nehemiah was a prophet chosen by God.
As Christians you must tread carefully with this topic. While you may feel passionate about the subject, either for or against, remember the wall affects people’s lives and show grace. Recognize as you learn more about the wall, more than anything, this country and its national leaders need prayer for wisdom and guidance.
As the Lord leads, pray:
- For the Border Patrol and the border cities to be protected and find peace
- For President Trump to have wisdom as he moves forward
- For the many immigrants who live their lives in fear on both sides of the border
Carol Hatcher is a former elementary school teacher turned speaker and writer. She has contributed to many books and magazines and is a regular contributor to the Vantage Point devotional series. This southern belle lives with her husband and three children in Commerce, GA.
The following expressions and comments are from our members and do not necessarily represent or reflect the biblical, world views or opinions of the Presidential Prayer Team
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