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Do we actually need the border wall?

President Trump has stated the crisis at our border is the greatest threat facing America and can only be cured with a wall. During the government shutdown, Trump claimed he was prepared to keep the government shut down for months, or even years, in order to get the full $5.6 billion he is asking for to build a physical wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. However, there's a lot of debate about whether or not a physical wall is even an effective form of border security. What do you think?

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The New York Times reports the wall has little to no support from Democrats in Congress, making its passage almost impossible. During the spring of 2018, the Times reported the wall didn't even have the support of most Border Patrol Agents.

Democrats now argue that a wall is an expensive and ineffective means of curbing illegal immigration. The majority of undocumented immigrants are people who overstay visas, not people who sneak across the border. A report released in March by Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security Committee found that Border Patrol agents on the front lines said they needed more technology and additional personnel to curb illegal immigration and drug traffic, with less than one half of one percent mentioning a wall.
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While Border Patrol agents on the ground may have indicated in the March 2018 survey they felt other methods of securing the border would be more effective than a wall, Border Patrol officials told the New York Times they did support a wall.

“The U.S. Border Patrol has been very clear that a border wall is essential to gaining operational control of the Southwest border,” said Benjamine Huffman, the chief of the Border Patrol’s strategic plan and analysis directorate. “The fact is, when it comes to border security, the border walls system works. Suggestions that the Border Patrol believes otherwise are false.”
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Vox reports the president has claimed numerous times the wall would not only help regulate immigration at the border, but it would also alleviate America's opioid problem. 

“Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs, including meth, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl,” Trump said. “Every week, 300 of our citizens are killed by heroin alone, 90 percent of which floods across from our southern border. More Americans will die from drugs this year than were killed in the entire Vietnam War.”
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However, this assertion has been soundly debunked by studies funded by the government itself. As reported by the New Yorker

The Drug Enforcement Agency’s 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment underlines the point: the majority of the heroin that gets across the southwest border, which is indeed where most heroin enters the United States, comes in privately owned cars, trucks, and tractor-trailers “entering the United States at legal ports of entry.” (Cocaine predominantly arrives in vehicles at official points of entry as well, according to the D.E.A, though commercial air travel is another route.)
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The president's approval ratings have taken a sharp hit in the days after the end of the shutdown, with the majority of Americans holding Trump responsible for the shutdown. Per CNBC

The poll’s results showed that by 63 percent to 28 percent , a margin greater than two to one, Americans believe the country is “off on the wrong track” rather than “headed in the right direction.” That’s significantly worse than the 56 percent to 33 percent finding from the December NBC/WSJ poll, taken before the shutdown.
And by 50 percent to 37 percent, Americans blame Trump, rather than Democrats in Congress, for the debacle. That result reflects their disagreement with his stance on the issue that caused it.
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Despite his abysmal poll numbers, CNBC reports Trump has already stated he is prepared to shut the government down, again, in order to get the money he wants for a border wall. He told the Wall Street Journal he believed there was a "less than 50 percent" chance a deal would be reached before the government would run out of funding again on February 15. 

The president also said he doubted he would accept less than $5.7 billion for the border wall, nor would he agree to grant citizenship for “Dreamers” — immigrants illegally brought to the U.S. as children who would have benefited from never-passed proposals in Congress called the DREAM Act — in exchange for wall funding, according to the Journal report.
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