Donald J Trump officially declared that he was going to send 5200 US soldiers to the US Mexico border in order to prevent any more illegal immigrants, which he considered an invasion, on the first day of November 2018. He planned out decent tents for the soldiers, as well as any extra tents the soldiers needed to continue guarding the borders effectively. By doing this, he claims that it is the only way to stop more Mexicans from illegally entering the US borders.
I feel that Donald J Trump sending 5200 US soldiers to the US Mexico border is not the correct decision. Firstly, he is expending the manpower of around $91,000,000 to prevent more Mexican immigrants from entering the US illegally and in an unsafe manner, or as Trump says, an invasion. Though this could solve the issue temporarily, Mexican immigrants may just find a way around the soldiers. Before these soldiers were sent, the Texas police force often had S.W.A.T members patrolling the perimeter, which was also very effective at first, but then Mexican immigrants just found ways to get around from the guards. Some managed to get in through sewers or other places connected to the US, but some also hid in cars with legally allowed Mexicans. Secondly, they need to provide rations to the men guarding the border, as well as maintaining the tent quality, which would cost around. Food rations would cost around 19.25 per day, and there are 5200 soldiers, so every day the US expends 100100 USD to keep their men up and functioning. The second reason is that a wall would cost much less than moving 5200 soldiers and keeping them there for god knows how long. A wall would cost around 30,954,724.41 to 82,545,931.76 if it was a pure concrete wall. Although the cost seems a lot at first, this is much better than sending soldiers to the Mexican border. In a year, the US uses 36,536,500 to keep their soldiers going, no water expenses covered or electric bills covered. A wall, on the other hand, simply stays there and does not need further attendance unless part of it breaks.
In conclusion, this is why sending a force between the size of a brigade to the size of a division is not a pleasant idea. It is a waste of money, waste of the soldier’s time, and the issue would still carry on in the future. The question remains: Does this truly solve this issue, and would sending soldiers be the best method to counter illegal Mexican Immigrants?
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