President Trump has said, on numerous occasions, that a wall on the Mexican border is needed to stop the flow of illegal drugs into this country. But, in fiscal year 2018, 78 percent of the methamphetamine was actually seized at legal points of entry, according to reports from Custom and Border Protection and from Border Patrol. In yet another example, the majority of the heroin flow on the southern border into the U.S. is through privately owned vehicles at legal ports of entry, followed by tractor-trailers, where the heroin is commingled with legal goods, according to the DEA’s 2018 annual drug threat assessment.
So just what is this wall going to accomplish?
What the wall would accomplish, besides wasting taxpayer money and satisfying a boastful and erroneous campaign promise, is disrupting wildlife migration patterns and the lives of those living along the border whose property will be taken by eminent domain to build a useless and expensive wall.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi is right. This is a wasteful and immoral expenditure.
Kermit Heid, Salt Lake City