Why Build a Wall at All?
by Lyno, June 4, 2016
People want to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico. People want secure borders, which prevent the streaming of illegal people and illegal materials onto United States soil, by any means whatsoever. People are for the wall because there is a rational fear of the influx of sociopaths, treason, disease, drugs, guns and ammo, nuclear materials, neurological toxins, controlled substances, and so forth. People watch TV and the Internet. They see and hear what is happening elsewhere on the planet’s surface. Some look upon the events of today and hear the words of end-time prophecy, “there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places”. Some scoff at such ideas. Some believe the end times are happening now. Be these things as they may, the wall is intended, among many values, seek and ordain, metaphorically, philosophically, and physically that
the black plague of terrorism must not be allowed to reach USA soil
People are against the wall for cost, emotional, guilt, philosophical, historical, and other reasons. Others say terrorists, rapists, and criminals are a small minority of the human influx and are simply a fact of life. Some people blithely say that, as a price we pay for democracy, more Americans will die at the hands of terrorists and then life will go on.
The entire discussion of being for or against the border wall is loaded with trigger words, which inflame discussions.
The words and phrases we create and repeat, to make sense of the reality we perceive, define us. Amidst all these conflicting words, where does one finally take a stand?
Fiscal Burdens Of Illegal Immigration
- Illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers about $113 billion a year at the federal, state and local level. The bulk of the costs — some $84 billion — are absorbed by state and local governments.
- The annual outlay that illegal aliens cost U.S. taxpayers is an average amount per native-headed household of $1,117. The fiscal impact per household varies considerably because the greatest share of the burden falls on state and local taxpayers whose burden depends on the size of the illegal alien population in that locality
- Education for the children of illegal aliens constitutes the single largest cost to taxpayers, at an annual price tag of nearly $52 billion. Nearly all of those costs are absorbed by state and local governments.
- At the federal level, about one-third of outlays are matched by tax collections from illegal aliens. At the state and local level, an average of less than 5 percent of the public costs associated with illegal immigration is recouped through taxes collected from illegal aliens.
- Most illegal aliens do not pay income taxes. Among those who do, much of the revenues collected are refunded to the illegal aliens when they file tax returns. Many are also claiming tax credits resulting in payments from the U.S. Treasury.
This is an exceptionally well written and researched article filled with interesting summery demographic information.
- 42.4 million immigrants lived in the United States in 2014
- The U.S. immigrant population stood at more than 42.4 million, or 13.3 percent, of the total U.S. population of 318.9 million in 2014.
- Between 2013 and 2014, the foreign-born population increased by 1 million, or 2.5 percent.
- Immigrants in the United States and their U.S.-born children now number approximately 81 million people, or 26 percent of the overall U.S. population.
- In 2014, 1.3 million foreign-born individuals moved to the United States, an 11 percent increase from 1.2 million in 2013. India was the leading country of origin for new immigrants, with 147,500 arriving in 2014, followed by China with 131,800, Mexico with 130,000, Canada with 41,200, and the Philippines with 40,500.
Political Actions Fix Illegal Immigration Problem
Pause Immigration and Refugee Flow
People say it is imperative that the entire immigration and refugee flow must stop immediately. Other people would say “fast forward“, get as many new humans as possible onto USA soil. Give them all civil rights. Give them all benefits. Let them bring all their families. Taxes on the middle class can pay for the newly arrived poor. Better yet, add the entire cost to the National Debt.
The stop solution requires we evaluate all immigration and refuge processes, quotas, cost analysis, geopolitical impact analysis, alternatives analysis, benefits, entitlements analysis, and so forth.
It is conceivable a rewind of past immigration events, followed by a careful restart may suffice to restore operation of immigration and refugee processes.
Can the USA Be the Savior of Humankind?
Does it really make sense to increase American internal social debt load, at this time? Given the deplorable domestic level of care provided for veterans, the number of homeless, the number of poor, the number who suffer malnutrition, suffer from the diabetes as a result of the diet, suffer from chronic pain, are addicted to drugs because the can’t stand the pain, those who commit crime as well as those affected by crime, and many more social ills currently being experienced upon USA soil, people say it is unfair to let in immigrants and refugees, until we have solved our existing internal problems first.
First Attain a Stable Population
Before the USA should hope to solve any of its long term problems, it must solve the human population problem. The human population of earth is currently doubling every 23 years. That means that in a mere 1,000 years the human population of earth will reach 8.4 million times its current population of 7.4 billion humans. That equals 6.216 followed by sixteen zeroes. There are 7.5 followed by 18 zeroes grains of sand on earth. That means every human on earth can have 120 grains of sand each, by the year 3000 AD.
There are 7.4 billion humans on earth in 2016. Let’s go forward the year 2040 when the population of earth reaches 15 billion humans. What will life be like in those days, when the population of the United States goes from 325 million to 65o million humans. As the USA increases its population by taking in immigrants and refuges, the problem grows worse every year thereafter.
Under the continuing presumption that the border wall between the United States and Mexico will be built, subsequent blog posts will explore various context dependent methods and alternatives.
Build a Wall of Hope
- #1 Why Build a Wall https://newlandcoop.com/2016/06/04/wall-why-build/
- #2 Secure the Wall https://newlandcoop.com/2016/06/05/wall-secure/
- #3 Wall of Water https://newlandcoop.com/2016/06/08/wall-water/
- #4 Transportation
- #5 Fuel, Polymers, Plastics, & Fly Ash
- #6 Housing, Health, Education
- #7 Food Supply
- #8 Wall of Hope