The U.S. shares a 1,954 uneven mile border with Mexico.

President Trump promised a “ big beautiful wall” which helped him get elected.

Trump built 450 miles of fencing but most was replacement for sections falling down from George W. Bush’s old wall ( Secure Fence Act 2006) .

Trump’s new fencing is actually 40 miles.

Past presidents also grappled with border crises, but fencing/ wall barriers today are nothing but incomplete and wildly expensive eyesores that border citizens must endure.

Central Americans are now scurrying toward the USA because of twin hurricane damage and economic disasters that have left them no choice at survival in their home countries.

Meanwhile, the USA has never had enough immigration judges to handle asylum claims, and there is little room to temporarily house those hoping for a better life.

Separating children from parents was an inhumane policy, and the “Remain in Mexico” policy was another band-aide.

Meanwhile, detention centers overflow with weary arrivals.

The southern border has always had multiple problems, and the twin hurricanes and pandemic have made a bad situation intolerable.

Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush, Obama, and Trump all grappled with this problem, and none were successful.

However, this childish blame game is a weak foundation for strategic problem solving. We need smart, sensible voices to address and help solve the humanitarian and security challenges at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Maxine Winter


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