Thursday, November 17, 2005
The debate this week on http://ourlatinamerica.blogspot.com/2005/11/weekly-debate-should-us-construct-wall.html is on immigration and the border fence Congressman Duncan Hunter wants to build. Specifically the question posed by the blog is "Should the US construct a wall to keep out immigrants?" Many of the commentors support the idea. The truth of the matter, however, is that we can build wall after wall on the sourthern border with Mexico without any long term impact on migration patterns. The economic, social, and political forces at work make it likely that migration will continue for the foreeseeable future. The massive military efforts along the border that began in the mid-1990s and hit a high after September 11, 2001, have not reduced the undocumented immigrant population in the United States. Indeed, this population has INCREASED since the border enforcement measures were taken.