These days, you can’t turn on the news without hearing report after report about President Trump’s determination to build a giant border wall and thereby solve the United States’ immigration “problem” for good. Immigrants and long established citizens alike roll their eyes at this more and more as they really the absurdity of the idea. Immigration lawyers know better than anyone: This simply will not work. In today’s blog post, we’re explaining why.
- A huge percentage of undocumented immigrants crossed our borders legally.
Visa overstayers make up at least two fifths (2/5) of all undocumented immigrants in the United States. These people came here legally, whether it was for vacation, to visit family, to study, or to work for a limited period of time. They got in simply by not leaving when the visa expired and it was no longer legal for them to be here.
- Large walls have historically been unsuccessful in keeping foreigners out of a place.
Trump often cites the Great Wall of China as an inspiration for his border wall. However, the Great Wall of China was not successful in keeping foreigners out! Let’s learn from history. Large walls built at borders have consistently caused strife between populations, violence, pain, suffering, and death. They have not often been associated with peace or prosperity. History makes it very clear that walls are a bad idea. There’s no reason that would suddenly change now.
- Much of the land along the border is privately owned and Trump does not have access to it.
For example, a Native American tribe, the Tohono O’odham Nation has large amounts of land on both sides of the border in Texas, has promised to fight any efforts to build a wall there. All sections of the wall currently built are on federally owned land. With this and other legal obstacles, it is extremely unlikely that a wall could even be allowed to be built within Trump’s presidency. The legal proceeding necessary to make people give up their land would last too long.
Between the discouraging history of walls, the legal issues, and the fact that a huge portion of undocumented immigrants are visa overstayers, it seems highly unlikely that Trump’s border wall will be a successful project.
At Villegas Law Office, we are passionate about protecting immigrants lives and helping them find the lives they’ve always dreamed of. If you are facing an immigration issue, we encourage you to give us a call. You can reach us at (956) 412-0707.