Just another brick

Arely Garcia , Staff

One significant controversy today revolves around the topic of the wall President Trump plans to build along the southern border.

Similar to the song Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd, this issue corresponds to social change which speaks to all Americans that should help resolve the conflict even today.

The government shutdown is due to Trump’s decision on the border wall, but many are contemplating if the government shutdown is the best course of action.

“The wall should be built,” senior Corbin Wiley said, “the wall will help lower immigrants and ultimately improve our economy among other things.”

According to foxnews.com, “in total, the actual cost of the wall would be about $25 billion.” In his presidential announcement speech on June 16, 2015, he claimed, “nobody builds better walls than me, believe me, and I’ll build them inexpensively.”

“I don’t think he will build the wall inexpensively because then it will not be strong and will just be a waste of money,” senior Maria Moreno said, “ he has shut down the government for three weeks without paying workers.” At the end of the shutdown, President Trump paid the government workers their compensation for the three weeks.

Although some may agree to Trump’s decision in building the wall, the thought of Trump building the wall inexpensively is accurately the same.

“It is not true, simply because all the surveillance needed and other necessities for the wall,” Wiley said, “and Trump has started a go fund me for the wall.”

Since his election in 2016, according to The Washington Post, Trump has done some great things to help improve the economy. He delivered jobs before his presidential term for unemployed workers during Obama’s presidency, “manufacturing jobs grew at the fastest rate in 23 years.”

Other changes he made, according to The Washington Post, involves ushering in a “golden age for women in the CIA.” He appointed Gina Haspel as the agency’s first female director and allowed Elizabeth Kimber to lead as the first female clandestine service leader.

But although he did make some improvements to “Make America great again,” Trump still needs to make improvements to gain the trust of the American people.

“Instead of helping pay the debt the country is in, he is using up that money to build a senseless wall,” senior Keyla Sustaita said.

One of the reasons many agree on the proposal of the wall is due to immigration to the United States, President Trump tweeted on December 18, 2018, the approximate cost of the immigration status, “[I]llegal immigration costs the United States more than 200 billion dollars a year.” According to nbcnews.com, a 2013 estimate of “the cost of services received minus their tax contributions- was about 54 million a year.”

“The wall will cost an estimated $30 billion which is not near how much illegal immigrants cost the American economy annually. Therefore, the cost of the wall will be paid back through decreased illegal immigration from the result of the wall. He [President Trump] built several prototypes to find the most cost-effective form of barrier,” senior Cameron DeCort said.

President Donald Trump insists on building the wall all the while trying to gain America’s support and figure out a method of payment. Trump has shut down the government, and with future promises of shutting it down again, many still ponder whether this is the best course of action.

“It delays government workers paychecks and shuts down national parks. However, employees still receive their paychecks once the government re-opens. Therefore, the effects of the government shutdown are blown out of proportion,” DeCort said.