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Do you think the U.S. needs to build a border wall?

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About a year ago. Daily debate asked a similar question “Do we need a border wall?” And a year later, the same question has become even more important.

The partial US Government shutdown enters week 4 now, which sets the record as longest in U.S. history, surpassing the previous late 1995 and early 1996 21-day record shutdown during the Clinton administration.

The shutdown began after Trump and Democrats failed to come to an agreement on whether to allocate funds to the U.S.-Mexico border wall

Lawmakers and the White House have failed to break an impasse over President Donald Trump’s demand for more than $5 billion to build his long sought after border wall allowing him to fulfil his election promise.

Those affected include nine federal departments and several smaller government agencies which make up one-quarter of the U.S. federal government

President Trump has so far refused to back down on the request, pushing the shutdown to go on and threatening to declare a national emergency so he can access the required federal funds to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Around 800,000 federal government workers did not receive their pay on Friday, and the House and Senate have voted to give workers all back pay when the government reopens again

President Trump maintains that the wall is critical to secure the US’s southern border with Mexico to fix the problem that is resulting to irregular immigration.

Democrats consider the border wall as bad policy, viewing it as expensive and ineffective.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has called the wall “immoral”. Instead, they propose to fund security measures that do not include the U.S.-Mexico border wall

January 3rd 2019, as the Democrats took over the house went ahead to pass a two-bill spending package that is targeted at re-opening the government. This package includes $1.3bn for border fencing and $300m for other border security items such as technology and cameras.

Those who support the building the wall feel it is needed to protect the United States. They see it as a way to stop illegal immigration, drug smuggling and even terrorists from getting in.

The Issue

In reference to President Trump’s efforts to build a wall along the Mexican-American border, which has now resulted in a partial Government shutdown for four weeks, many people are debating if there is a justifiable need or if it’s just a giant waste of money. The key question is whether or not we really need to build a border wall

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