Border Wall between the United States and Mexico is not a Solution

October 3, 2017

The much-discussed wall between the United States and Mexico is not a solution to any of the issues, but it is a slogan. Political observers feel that it can intensify many of the existing issues and create new problems.

It has raised sharp criticism as a way to stop migrants from Central America who are found to be the largest percentage of farm and industry workers in the United States. While President Donald Trump claims that the wall also means security, it is yet to prove that the wall can do anything with security threats faced from terrorists or criminal gangs.

The wall can also create significant financial impacts in the border states like Arizona, Texas, and more. The Trump administration has decided to levy a 20% tax on imports from Mexico, and this would add inflation on various food products, such as vegetables and fruits, in Arizona and other states. Additionally, the administration is not sure about the total costs of building the wall on the entire border. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Jim Larkin | LinkedIn

It is also noted that while walls are constructed in some areas, people try to access through more remote and uneven terrain areas that result in more migrant deaths. There is a general perception that the wall cannot stop people crossing the border and can only give a chance for smugglers and traffickers to charge more from such migrants.

The increasing migrant rights issues are a major problem in almost all the countries. Some nonprofit groups that have global presence play significant roles in addressing the issues of migrants.

They initiate campaigns, provide legal support, ensure financial and healthcare assistance, and more. Some of those organizations include National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Amnesty International, The Young Center, and more.

Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund is a similar type initiative that could play a crucial role in shaping the pro-migrant movements in Arizona. It was instituted by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, two renowned journalists from the state, with the compensation they received for challenging their illegal arrest. Both of them were arrested by Maricopa County Sheriff for reporting some secret grand jury proceedings.

The journalists challenged their arrest in the Court of Appeals, and they got relieved by the apex court along with receiving a settlement amount of $3.75 million for the arrest. The journalists used the amount to establish the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund that supports groups working on migrant, civil, and human rights issues in the state.

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