Ron Paul Suggests A Better Solution Than Trump's Border Wall

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Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,

Just one week in office, President Trump is already following through on his pledge to address illegal immigration. His January 25th executive order called for the construction of a wall along the entire length of the US-Mexico border. While he is right to focus on the issue, there are several reasons why his proposed solution will unfortunately not lead us anywhere closer to solving the problem.

First, the wall will not work. Texas already started building a border fence about ten years ago. It divided people from their own property across the border, it deprived people of their land through the use of eminent domain, and in the end the problem of drug and human smuggling was not solved.


Second, the wall will be expensive. The wall is estimated to cost between 12 and 15 billion dollars. You can bet it will be more than that. President Trump has claimed that if the Mexican government doesn’t pay for it, he will impose a 20 percent duty on products imported from Mexico. Who will pay this tax? Ultimately, the American consumer, as the additional costs will be passed on. This will of course hurt the poorest Americans the most.


Third, building a wall ignores the real causes of illegal border crossings into the United States. Though President Trump is right to prioritize the problem of border security, he misses the point on how it can be done effectively and at an actual financial benefit to the country rather than a huge economic drain.

The solution to really addressing the problem of illegal immigration, drug smuggling, and the threat of cross-border terrorism is clear:

remove the welfare magnet that attracts so many to cross the border illegally, stop the 25 year US war in the Middle East, and end the drug war that incentivizes smugglers to cross the border.

The various taxpayer-funded programs that benefit illegal immigrants in the United States, such as direct financial transfers, medical benefits, food assistance, and education, cost an estimated $100 billion dollars per year. That is a significant burden on citizens and legal residents. The promise of free money, free food, free education, and free medical care if you cross the border illegally is a powerful incentive for people to do so. It especially makes no sense for the United States government to provide these services to those who are not in the US legally.

Likewise, the 40 year war on drugs has produced no benefit to the American people at a great cost. It is estimated that since President Nixon declared a war on drugs, the US has spent more than a trillion dollars to fight what is a losing battle. That is because just as with the welfare magnet, there is an enormous incentive to smuggle drugs into the United States.

We already know the effect that ending the war on drugs has on illegal smuggling: as more and more US states decriminalize marijuana for medical and recreational uses, marijuana smuggling from Mexico to the US has dropped by 50 percent from 2010.

Finally, the threat of terrorists crossing into the United States from Mexico must be taken seriously, however once again we must soberly consider why they may seek to do us harm. We have been dropping bombs on the Middle East since at least 1990. Last year President Obama dropped more than 26,000 bombs. Thousands of civilians have been killed in US drone attacks. The grand US plan to “remake” the Middle East has produced only misery, bloodshed, and terrorism. Ending this senseless intervention will go a long way toward removing the incentive to attack the United States.

I believe it is important for the United States to have secure borders, but unfortunately President Trump’s plan to build a wall will end up costing a fortune while ignoring the real problem of why people cross the borders illegally. They will keep coming as long as those incentives remain.

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molecool's picture

So Ron Paul's revolutionary idea is more of the same and legalized drugs that harm our children. Which is why I would never vote for this fool.

Jim Sampson's picture

^This person is an idiot.



HockeyFool's picture

He's right about cutting all benefits. Employers that hire illegals should also be punished.


SWRichmond's picture

And the welfare state absolutely should be shredded but as a short-term measure we need the wall

Captain Chlamydia's picture

NO you do not.  Ron Paul, the only American that makes sense. 

vato poco's picture

sure we need a wall. not so much for the drug & wetback deterrence - although it'll help a lot - but for the profound statement and psychological effect it will make to ourselves, to mexico, to the world. that we are finally a serious country, run by serious men, who will defend our borders and our sovereignty.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

"Our" sovereignty was surrendered long ago when we allowed the Federal Reserve to be created.

vato poco's picture

yeah, so? what exactly does that have to do with the flood of illegal aliens pouring over our southern border right now?

johngaltfla's picture

Predator drones and Claymores.

Illegal immigration ends in weeks, not years.


"Clean up on aisle 3 near Laredo"

nuubee's picture

I didn't know Ron Paul lived on the street, without walls that would never work.

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

How many people cross the North/South Korea border every day???  Walls work.  Ron is right however, we need to remove the financial incentive to come here as well. 

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Bullets, razor wire, and land mines work well.

The Saint's picture

Ron, you are Superman.  Please climb the tallest building and FLY!  Take a leap of faith and step off the edge Ron.  Yes, you can FLY!

Do it! Do it! Do it! Do it! Do it, Ron.  Step off the edge.  We want to see you FLY!   LMAO


Déjà view's picture

"Tejas already started building a border fence about ten years ago."...

Tejas also granted IN STATE TUITION for illegals 15 years ago...

Bitter pill to swallow...loss of 2m illegals, with it appox. 4 house seats...retail business also affected...for current generations...NOT FUTURE...

Tejas, why do you allow children of mamacita & papacito along with their interpreter in K-12 registration office?

Strike 14th Amendment retroactive 70 years!

roddy6667's picture

I have traveled internationally a lot since I retired 4 years ago. I have gone through customs in quite a few countries. The one thing I have noticed is that there are walls or fences with razor wire to keep people from just walking in or out.

PT's picture

I always expected Trump's wall to only be a small part of a greater strategy.  It makes a great visual to sell to the masses but there is a lot of other work that also has to be done.  I doubt Trump is dumb enough to believe that a wall and a wall alone is enough to meet his objectives.  It surprises me that Ron would not know this.

Billy the Poet's picture

Ron Paul doesn't offer free stuff to anyone who climbs in his window like The United States of America does.

cheka's picture

if money were gold/silver coin, poof go the wars, the welfare, the invasion, a lot of other bad sh-t

rp was right - end the fed

stacking12321's picture

stupid asshole

do you have any idea how many children were killed, maimed and mutilated by landmines left behind in SE asia long after the war was over?

anyone who supports the use of mines or other forms of terrorism, can start by putting them in their own back yard.

johngaltfla's picture

Stupid fucktard.

Do you know how many mothers and their children have been killed, raped, kidnapped by fucking illegal aliens crossing into the U.S. and driving drunk, commiting crimes, and acting like animals.

Fuck you pussy.

johngaltfla's picture

And yeah, if I could put Claymores on my property if necessary, I would.

Son of Loki's picture

Cut all welfare of people not born here and naturalized as citizens. Those welfare admin judges will love you for that. They are so overburdened with immigrants applying for welfare it ain't funny.

If only Americans would stop and think for a second. Every time some immigrant is given welfare, that's less for a hard working American citizen to get.

A Nanny Moose's picture

That's how Canadistan rolls. None of this anchor baby bullshit. I would bet several other Social Welfare states understand the incompatibility of Welfare with Open Borders.

Add voter ID, and a voting-prohibition for all recipients of government subsidies (SS, Medicare, SNAP, WIC, Library Cards, etc.)

DrZipp's picture

ROFL library cards.  You left out crosswalks.

juangrande's picture

Do you have stats? As opposed to American citizens? Otherwise you speak from you culo!

johngaltfla's picture

I know it's hard for wetback criminals to understand this concept called "Google" but do your own work.

Plus don't cut my hibiscus down so far this week slacker.

Ballin D's picture

Ate you suggesting the IS has any reason to take fucking desert from Mexico? It's not like the border is going to move any time soon and everyone knows where it is if we do and need to clean up a line of mines.


RP is right though, cut the benefits so poor people stop crossing. Then create an open season for rednecks who want to shoot smugglers and criminals who continue to cross.

juangrande's picture

Since 2009, they've been flooding back to Mexico. No jobs, they don't want to be here. There are exceptions, but they number few.

froze25's picture

Yeah I keep hearing that bUT it sure doesn't look that way in the street. 

Got The Wrong No's picture

Yep, that is why we are now housing them in unused Walmart Stores. You make me laugh.

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

"yeah, so? what exactly does that (the Fed) have to do with the flood of illegal aliens pouring over our southern border right now?'

Did you actually think when you read Dr.Ron's proposal? 

It's pretty obvious that the welfare state and the warfare state are enabled by the creation of fraudulent debt. Not to mention the drain on societal wealth that leads to a wider decay generally. 

vato poco's picture

Be silent, you ignorant sow. Your tiresome virtue-signalling idiocy aside, I couldn't help but notice that you, too, failed to explain what the creation of a central bank 100 years ago has to do with border control today.

grumpyoldgit's picture


central bank >>>> ability to print wampum >>>> ability to fund politicians promises >>>> more free shit>>>> attracts immigrants (once it is decided they can access the free shit>>>> more immigrants coming over the border

lil dirtball's picture

Ron Paul makes no sense. He was in Congress for over 30 years. He sat on banking committees. He had every opportunity to promote change, or at least raise hell - but he didn't. He was Dr. No - but always took the pork anyhow. In thirty years, he didn't change squat. He didn't wake anybody up. He did his job - he played pied-piper to the small group of small .gov conservatives. He led them away from the action - not towards it. And so now, they are scattered and dejected and their political voice is nil. Thank you Ron Paul.

And so here he is, completely irrelevant, but still getting eyeballs.

Fuck you, Ron.

juangrande's picture

That more people were attracted to Trump's idiocy instead of RP's sanity is an idictment of Americans, not RP!

juangrande's picture

Ron Paul, right or wrong, is principled in his beliefs. Trump is a glorified real estate agent..... need I say more.

fsoawesome's picture

You make some very good points.

SgtShaftoe's picture

Ron started a revolution of ideas.  If you can't recognize that I can't help you.  It's pretty blatantly fucking obvious how huge of an impact Ron made. 

lil dirtball's picture

Sell it to someone else, pal - I ain't buyin' it. I've watched him for decades. He's a good fight-throwin' fighter and that's about it. And, he was believable (I sent him money) ... for awhile.

It became real obvious once he started greasin' the skid for his kid, who is currently a wrench in the gears of getting rid of Obamacare (he's a doctor, dontchaknow).

They're spooks - get over it.

RevIdahoSpud3's picture

Ron's pitching food freeze dryer's on the radio now. His favorite line is when SHTF his family will have all they need to eat. Basically, stoking prepper fears for a profit.

Billy the Poet's picture

What specific things did Ron Paul prevent specifc indivduals from doing and what would those thing have accomplished?

lil dirtball's picture

I'm not even entertaining this nonsense.

Billy the Poet's picture

No, you're not entertaining in the least. This is fight club and you screamed like a banshee but when it came time to actually throw a punch you whined like a little girl. Not entertaining at all.

lil dirtball's picture

Do your own thinking and make your own posts and stop expecting people to engage you in your self-identity of a fictional schizophrenic Bradd Pitt character, moron. Asking ridiculous open-ended questions of strangers will sometimes get you ridiculous answers. It all leads to disappointment in the end. Perhaps you should just lurk more until you formulate a fucking opinion and learn how to present it and not expect others to entertain your intellectual laziness.

Billy the Poet's picture

You used a lot of words to not support your argument. What a loser.