The trashing of our borderlands is a serious problem ( letter, Daily Sun 02/17 ) though it pales beside the ongoing human tragedy maintained by the inability of our government to forge a sensible immigration policy and practices. The writer’s answer to ‘build the wall, take back the borderland from drug smugglers, stop the trashing of our desert and stop the illegal migrants’ may sound good but it can’t work. It fails to consider the historic, economic and political forces behind these problems.
For example, the many years of encouraging ‘migrants’ to come and provide cheap labor in the U.S., the devastation of small farms and businesses by NAFTA and our impotent ’war on drugs.’ Nor does it consider the practical and humanitarian costs of getting tough. Complex problems are never solved by adopting such simplistic solutions.