Still wondering where the wall between the U.S. and Mexico is? It’s coming, but in the meantime, President Trump has a plan to prevent illegal aliens from entering the country. The POTUS announced a plan to potentially militarize the border until the wall is built just days ago. “Until we can have a wall and proper security we’re going to be guarding our border with the military. That’s a big step,” he said.
• It isn’t yet clear exactly what sort of plan Trump might put into place to control the border. He may station military members at specific border points or roll out more permanent military-specific installations instead.
• Although the U.S.-Mexico border is nearly 1,954 miles across, there are certain points in the border where illegal entry is much more common. This includes the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the El Paso Port of Entry and the Calexico Port of Entry. These zones contain foot bridges where people cross freely for tourism, education and more.
• Others cross relatively unscathed at points far from civilization, such as the heavy desert zones near Tohono O’odham Nation in Arizona. Still others die attempting to cross the Rio Grande in the middle of the night, or they travel through the rest of the Rio Grande Valley. Most deaths occur during crossings at the Sonoran Desert, where temperatures plummet at night and skyrocket in the day with little to no precipitation.
• The idea of militarization does have some distinct benefits. First, it creates jobs on American soil, something the military has been short on for some time. Secondly, it does create opportunities to defend hotbed areas where border patrollers have traditionally found it difficult to reach.