There are seven simple reasons why Donald Trump’s wall across the U.S. – Mexico border is one of the most grandiose and maybe the most unnecessary policy ever pursued in U.S. history.
1. First of all, the number of undocumented people living in the U.S. is at its lowest point in the last 10 years.
2. 40% of the people that came to the U.S. illegally, did it via airplane.
3. The number of illegal border crossings was at a 46-year low in 2017.
4. Most of the unauthorized immigrants come to the U.S. legally and just overstay their visas.
5. Most of the illegal drugs that enter the U.S. don’t even come across the southern border.
6. Undocumented immigrants actually cause less crime than born Americans.
7. Building a wall across the border is an extremely ridiculous waste of taxpayer dollars.
However, Trump’s supporters are still madly in love with their wall.
In order to satisfy their fiendish desire for a wall, while still making a huge commitment to alternative energy, a consortium of 28 engineers from a dozen universities have come up with a genius idea.
They devised a plan to create a 2000-mile long industrial park on the U.S. – Mexico border that would include solar energy panels, desalination facilities, wind turbines, and natural gas pipelines.
The park would normally require heavy security, of course, so they would also make sure that nobody crosses the border with a pocket full of illegal drugs.
A paper released by the group reads that the border is actually an ideal location for generating alternative energy, as most of the southern border lies in arid or semi-arid regions, having high solar irradiation and wind.
To make things even better, the amount of solar energy production would be the same as the hydropower production along the U.S. – Canada border, or approximately the same amount generated by a nuclear plant.
According to a professor of energy and power at Purdue University and leader of the group, Luciano Castillo, it could be a win-win situation for both the U.S. and Mexico, too.