We reported earlier this week on a bit of hypocrisy on behalf of the president – and those in Mexico’s government who’ve branded Donald Trump’s proposed border wall as racist. Mexico, which deports more Central American illegal immigrants than we do, decided to address their own illegal immigration problem.
The Obama administration and Mexican government officials had discussed creating a three-tier security system to protect Mexico’s southern border from drug and human traffickers, and illegal immigrants. They called for U.S. funding for the border control plan for three security lines extending over 100 miles north of Mexico’s border with Guatemala and Belize. So Obama and Mexico are in favor of the U.S. building a border wall to protect their interests, but oppose the same exact policy when it benefits America.
However, another nation has decided it’s time to secure the border. After they voted to leave the European Union (in part due to immigration concerns), the United Kingdom is announcing a wall of its own.
Just two months after voting to leave the European Union (EU), the UK has announced the construction of a “great wall” near its most porous border in Calais, to keep illegal migrants out.
The UK’s southern border checks are conducted in northern France and attempted illegal crossings have more than quadrupled in recent years. UK Border Force guards on French soil stopped 84,088 illegal immigrants last year, figures released last month show.The new 13-foot (4 metre) high wall will be built of smooth concrete, making it hard to climb, and will line the roads into the port town of Calais where the entrance to the channel tunnel also sits. “We are going to start building this big, new wall as part of the £17 million package we are doing with the French,” the UK’s immigration minister Robert Goodwill told a parliamentary committee yesterday, the Telegraph reports. “People are still getting through,” he added. “We’ve done the fence, now we’re doing the wall”.
In efforts to slow down trucks in order to break into them, migrants have caused vehicles to crash, left logs on the road, thrown rocks off bridges, and set fire to undergrowth. The drivers have been attacked, beaten with bats, stabbed, and even threatened with chainsaws.
According to Donald Trump’s critics, it seems like everyone except America has a right to protect their borders.
[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]