Peter Suciu explains at The Federalist that despite regular criticisms of President Trump’s proposed border wall, the effectiveness of such barriers in places like Hungary and Israel has been quite high. He writes:
A common refrain from those opposed to President Trump’s proposed border wall––including from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi––is that walls don’t work. The argument is that people find a way above, below, or even through the wall.
History tells a different story, however.
Two examples noted recently by Fox News––one in Hungary and another in Israel.
The former was built in 2015, when tens of thousands of foreign citizens from the Middle East made their way to Hungary from Serbia and Croatia. In response, border walls were erected. According to Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, the number of illegal migrants has dropped to almost none.
In Israel, a wall in the West Bank was constructed as part of a counter-terrorism measure, while on the Gaza border a “smart fence” has been erected to prevent illegal migration from Africa. Both border installations include two layers of fencing with advanced surveillance equipment and have resulted in a 99 percent decrease in illegal border crossings.
Perhaps President Trump, Pelosi, and others in government need to take some lessons from history: walls and frontier security work, but it will take some determination and strategy. Unfortunately, it seems like the biggest impasse may just be in getting these two sides to come together.
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