Border Walls Work, Just Ask the Dominican Republic

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Donald Trump knew that border walls would work to take care of illegal immigration. Borders have been popular all over the world. Why? It prevents people from simply being able to walk in without being detected. It’s a giant deterrent that clearly sends the message of “No. Don’t even try.”

Biden can say that he doesn’t want illegal immigration, but he stopped border wall construction between the U.S. and Mexico. But he, too, knows that border walls work because he has had them built around his homes in Delaware. And Nancy Pelosi knows that walls are effective, too, because a temporary one was built around the Capitol following the riots.

Walls work. And to prove that point, the Dominican Republic is building one between its border with Haiti.

It seems that Haitians can’t take a hint. They try to enter Mexico illegally. They try to enter the U.S. illegally. And, they’ve been trying to enter the Dominican Republic illegally.

While Mexico is dealing with immigrants from Central America, Haitians get a free pass. The U.S. will let in anyone as long as they promise to vote Democrat. But the Dominican Republic is sick and tired of watching it happen. So, rather than just watching (take note, Kamala), they are doing something about it.

This past Sunday, the Dominican government decided that it was going to start constructing a wall that runs 244 miles, approximately half of the border that it shares with Haiti.

Now, it’s easy to say that the two nations should get along. After all, there are only two small nations on the island, and neither of them has a significant amount of land.

There’s a problem with that, though. And it’s similar to the problem that the U.S. and Mexico have.

The Dominican Republic is a popular tourist destination in the Caribbean. They have worked hard to make their country operate effectively. They have political stability and a thriving economy.

Then, on the other side of the island, you have the nation of Haiti. They are one of the poorest nations across the Americas, they are plagued with crime, and they have no desire to become self-sufficient.

Haiti could turn things around. They have an excellent role model on the other side of Hispaniola, the island that they share. But they have chosen their path – and while the Dominican Republic has to respect it, they don’t have to tolerate the constant migration as well as the smuggling of weapons and drugs into their country.

Luis Abinader, the president of the Dominican, has explained that the wall will be of “benefit for both nations.” He hopes that the wall will reduce the amount of smuggling that takes place and will make it easier to fight organized crime, which takes place in both nations.

The first phase of the wall began ahead of the anniversary that allows DR to celebrate its independence from Haiti, which happened on February 27, 1844. Abinader expects the first phase to be completed within nine months.

The wall clearly means business. It is made of concrete that is 20 centimeters thick. On the top, there will be metal mesh, creating a total height of 12.8 feet. Additionally, there will be movement sensors, fiber optics, cameras, drones, and radar. When the project is complete, there will also be 41 access gates and 70 watchtowers.

By the time the wall is complete, we’ll be able to sit back and become jealous of the Caribbean nation. It will undoubtedly reduce the illegal immigration as well as the smuggling of weapons and drugs.

Perhaps, then, the Biden administration can see what a wall can really do. Even if they don’t care about the tens of thousands of people immigrating into the U.S. illegally, they should at least care about the guns and fentanyl that have become a problem over the past year.