Current Controversies: The Border Wall with Mexico, 1st Edition

  • Martin Gitlin
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  • ISBN-10: 1534500863
  • ISBN-13: 9781534500860
  • DDC: 325.73
  • Grade Level Range: 10th Grade - 12th Grade +
  • 224 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released March 2018
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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To some, the idea of a border wall with Mexico represents a necessary and practical barrier to illegal immigration and the perceived host of ills that are associated with it. To others, it is both an unrealistic and inhumane effort that demonizes desperate individuals and families who are only seeking a better life. The debate is fierce and is bound up with competing notions of crime, ethnicity, opportunity, fairness, justice, and what America promises, offers, stands for, and represents. All sides of the debate are presented here, and each is given a fair and respectful hearing, allowing readers to sift through fact and opinion, evaluate the strength of arguments, and form an educated opinion on the issue.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction.
Does Building a Wall to Keep People Out Contradict American Values?.
2: Overview: A Border Wall Affects the Freedom and Liberty of All Americans.
3: Building a Wall at the Border Would Divide Us.
4: Trump's Border Wall: It Should Never Happen.
5: What Trump's Plan Really Says: This is “The Great Wall of Racism”.
6: Obama-Appointed Judge: Border Fence Is Racist Against Mexicans.
7: Border Fencing Is Critical to Ensure American Security.
8: Border Walls Would Humanely Enforce a Just Law.
9: Open Borders Does Immigrants More Harm Than Good.
Does the United States Have the Resources to Build a Wall?.
10: Overview: Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements.
11: Practical Reasons Should Motivate the Construction of a Border Wall.
12: The United States Can Benefit from Building a Different Wall in Mexico.
13: Trump's Wall Is Implausible from an Engineering Perspective.
14: A Wall Would Cause Harm to the Environment.
Are There More Effective Ways to Prevent Illegal Immigration?.
15: Overview: Border Security Is a Question of Management.
16: Opening the Border Would Bring Security.
17: More Mexicans Are Leaving Than Moving to the US.
18: There Is No Need for a Wall When Mexican Immigration Is Slowing.
19: The Encouraging Side of Practicality.
20: The Historical Horrors of Mass Deportation.
21: Border Walls Are Not a New Solution.
Who Would Pay for the Wall?.
22: Overview: Funding a Border Wall.
23: Don't Sweat the Wall, American Taxpayers.
24: Trump's Plan Is One Rotten Way to Treat a Friend and Neighbor.
25: Trump's Idea for Funding the Wall Is Pure Blackmail.
26: Extortion Won't Finance Trump's Wall.
Organizations to Contact.