- - Sunday, January 6, 2019

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The experiences of other nations conclusively show that border walls are effective. The results in Israel and Hungary are dramatic. David Rubin, the former mayor of Israeli city Shiloh, said that when Israel erected a high-tech wall on its southern border, illegal immigration was completely eliminated. From 2010 and 2012, approximately 55,000 illegal immigrants entered Israel. Many perpetrated serious crimes, so the Israeli government built a wall near the Egyptian border. The wall was completed in 2016, and that year only 11 illegal immigrants entered Israel. After they raised the height of the wall an additional several feet in 2017 not one illegal made it through Israel’s southern border.

Great results were achieved in Hungary, too. In 2015 Hungary built a 100-mile wall along the Serbian border, where 95 percent of the illegal immigrants entered Hungary. In 2013 Hungary had 23,608 such crossings, in 2014, 44,709 and in 2015 over 391,000. After the wall was built crossings dropped to 18,236 in 2016 — a 95 percent reduction in just one year. With the addition of another barrier in 2016, the number dropped further still in 2017 to 1,184.

President Trump cites information showing that while the section of wall he is asking for would cost $5 billion, the alternative of additional personnel and equipment to accomplish the same goal would cost much more. While information from drones and cameras can be important, a wall is cheaper and more effective.

ARTHUR HORN

Boca Raton, Fla.


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