A Mexican Berlin Wall won’t work, expensive

LaceyJune 26, 2013 

Congress is debating immigration bills and issues that include more border fencing (aka, a border wall). The current border wall is approximately 650 miles long with more being proposed.

Several years ago border-wall construction cost was estimated at $16 million to $21 million per mile. Our border with Mexico is 2,000 miles long and there are those in Congress that want all 2,000 miles walled. Some of the supporters of extending the wall are the very same ones that have praised President Ronald Reagan’s “tear down this wall” speech.

See the irony? The Berlin Wall was less than 100 miles long and lasted less than 20 years. It didn’t work. A Mexican Border Wall will not work. $16 million (cost per mile of border wall) pays for a lot of food stamps for needy people, Head Start and on and on.

Mr. Congressman, do not extend that wall.

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