A major question in politics today considers who should be allowed to enter and live in the United States. Illegal immigration has become a key issue in society, with the population divided over whether America should open its borders to everyone or maintain strict control over who can come into the country.
Illegal immigration is a particularly hot-button topic in today’s political climate because the public disagrees on whether immigrants should be allowed to enter the United States without gaining approval from the government. People in favor of opening the borders suggest that poverty-stricken people come to the US to improve their standard of living and that the US should not block anyone from entering the country. On the other side of the argument is the idea that open borders are too chaotic and that people should not be encouraged to break the law by seeking to enter the US without permission. President Donald Trump is probably the most well-recognized figure campaigning to prevent people from entering the US illegally.
The US-Mexico border is thought to be the most frequently traversed border in the world. Not only is this national boundary one of the busiest, but it is also one of the most controversial. Every year, thousands of people cross into the US illegally across this border – that is, they have not been granted permission by the government to enter or live in the country.
Building the Wall
Trump sparked fierce debate when he announced a plan to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, in order to prevent people from entering the United States illegally. The policy has been extremely divisive. The president has tried several times to build a wall along the border, but he has not been successful. Congress refused to give him the money required to begin building the wall, so Trump declared a national emergency and attempted to use military funds to build the wall. This was blocked by a court in the Ninth Circuit, preventing construction. That decision was recently overturned by the Supreme Court – the highest court in the US – which has now allowed Trump to use the Defence Department money for the wall. Four Supreme Court judges voted against the decision, while five voted in favor of it – showing just how divided the country is on this issue.
The president tweeted that the ruling was a “Big VICTORY” that would allow his plans to process. He added that it was a “Big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!”
However, some suggest this matter isn’t settled yet, and that the wall may face further legal challenges.