The bipartisan border security deal intended to prevent another partial federal government shutdown in a couple days includes $1.375 billion for 55 miles of physical border barriers.
That’s $25 million per mile.
Doesn’t it seem that much more can be done with $25 million to protect a mile of the U.S. – Mexico border? How many dogs? How many border patrol agents? How many lights & drones can you get for $25 million and would they all fit in a mile-long line?
How many shelters can you sponsor? How many economic development programs can you support in areas from which the migrants are fleeing? How many drug treatment programs can you bolster in the U.S. so as to cut down on the demand for drugs which drives much of the gang activity in Central America?
In how many ways can the U.S. use those funds so as to make the Western Hemisphere a safer, more economically and socially stable region?
Perhaps we should try some of those.