In the UK thread, we saw Britain's Home Secretary Sajid Javid sending in the navy because a handul of migrants tried to cross La Manche
>> In December, around 230 people tried to make the 21-mile (33-kilometre) journey from France to Britain, Javid said.
No doubt you'll label Mr Javid as an alt-right white supremacist, but look at the numbers:
UK La Manche: 230 attempted migrants in a month translates to 2,760 a year
US southern border: 369k arrests along the border in less than 10 months translates to over 421k a year. And that's arrests. We have no idea how many cross without being arrested.
2,760 a year is not a flood.
421k a year is a flood.
Even if that was cut in half, it would still be a flood.
As background, I came across this. Was this the first fence on the border or was there an earlier one?
The Crimes and Consequences of Illegal Immigration: A Cross-Border Examination of Operation Wetback, 1943 to 1954In 1945, U. S. Border Patrol authorities began to recognize a shift in illegal border crossings away from the EI Paso, Texas, area to the California border. To confront the rise in illegal crossings across the California border, the Immigration and Naturalization Service delivered "4,500 lineal feet of chain link fencing (10 feet high, woven of No. 6 wire) to the International Boundary and Water Commission at Calexico, California." Although the INS was not erecting a continuous line of fence along the borderline, they hoped that strategic placement of the fence would "compel persons seeking to enter the United States illegally to attempt to go around the ends of the fence." What lay at
the end of the fences and canals were desertlands and mountains extremely dangerous to cross
without guidance or sufficient water. Therefore, the fences discouraged illegal immigration by exposing undocumented border crossers to the dangers of daytime dehydration and
The construction of the fence sparked immediate resistance in Mexican border communities. To protect the fence, the governor of Baja California detailed Mexican soldiers to patrol and protect the fence "during its erection." Therefore, although the Mexican government consistently demanded protection for Mexican braceros from discrimination and abuse by U.S. employers, Mexican border officials helped the U.S. Border Patrol to erect fences designed to reduce illegal immigration by making border crossings more dangerous for undocumented workers.
Kelly Lytle Hernández
Western Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, Issue 4, 1 November 2006, Pages 421–444, https://doi.org/10.2307/25443415