“We’re going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border, and we’re going to do it one way or the other,”
Donald Trump wants to build a wall to halt the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs coming into the from the Mexico border. He said "Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs, including meth, heroin, cocaine and fentanyl. Every week, 300 of our citizens are killed by heroin alone, 90 percent of which floods across from our southern border,".
Illegal immigration, but especially drugs with fatal and life-changing effects being brought into the US from Mexico is a serious issue and one that does need to be addressed, I can’t disagree with that. However much I dislike admitting it, Trump does have some good reasons for building a wall. However, whether or not building a wall, like he is proposing would actually help stop this is another issue, and not the aim of my post.
Trump is desperate to build his wall, he has been from the start of his campaign and he has started to get so desperate that he has declared a national emergency for it. What I want to bring up in this post is that the drug and immigration problem from Mexico is indeed an issue but that there are many larger issues that he is nearly ignoring, issues that he could and should be spending more of the government’s resources, money and time on rather than focusing on building his precious wall. In this post I want to share some statistics to show major issues that the US, explain why they are such an issue. I believe America has many more pressing problems things that, in my opinion warrant a national emergency and funding much more, then addressing the US-Mexico border situation. In this post I’m going to give two of many problems the US are facing that I believe need to be addressed and I think should be more of a priority than the wall, as it effects more people and is a larger problem.
‘The CDC’s Wonder database shows that in 2017, 39,773 people in the US lost their lives at the point of a gun’. If you divide 39,773 by 52 (the weeks in a year), when rounded it comes to 765. That’s 765 gun deaths A WEEK in the US. That statistic sounds a lot in itself, but compare US rates of gun deaths to other countries, and you truly start to see how bad it is. ‘When adjusted for age fluctuations, that represents a total of 12 deaths per 100,000 people’, this is compared to ‘0.2 deaths per 100,000 people in Japan, 0.3 in the UK, 0.9 in Germany and 2.1 in Canada’. I’m not saying how Donald Trump should be dealing with this, whether he should be tightening laws or banning them altogether. From these statistics and from events like the Las Vegas shooting in 2017 when a gunman managed to smuggle twenty-three weapons into his hotel room. From there, over a period of 10-15 minutes he shot into the crowd of a nearby music festival. He killed at least 58 and ‘more than 500 people taken to area hospitals’. How is someone even legally allowed to possess twenty three weapons, and be able to kill and harm so many in such a short space of time?
My point is gun violence is a major problem in the US, and something needs to be done about it. Donald Trump should be paying more attention to it than his beloved wall, if he really cares about the people who voted for him, like he claims he does.
Climate change and global warming.
This is an issue that Donald Trump has taken steps against and undo what good has been done, when he drew out of the Paris agreement. The Paris agreement’s main aim, (according to the UNFCCC) is to ‘strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.’, ‘brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects’.
Donald Trump described the Paris Agreement as ‘draconian’ and said it would cause a ‘very diminished quality of life’, and said that ‘I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris’.
He seems to be completely ignoring the pressing matter of climate change, putting his country, and the rest of the world (due to the environmental impact the US has on the environment) at risk, considering ‘The world’s leading climate scientists have warned there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.’
This means that every country needs to be doing its part in reducing climate change, so that we don’t ruin our planet for our and future generations. Donald Trump pulling out of the Paris agreement shows and intention to not change, when it needs to be doing the opposite. The US, as well as most other countries need to have reducing climate change higher on their checklist. What is the point of stopping people from coming into your country if it could be destroyed by droughts and floods in a worryingly short amount of time if we don’t take action soon?
In conclusion, I believe if Trump really did care for the people who he was president of, the people who elected him and whose interests he should be caring for then he should focus on the really pressing problems America has, rather than delivering a promise that might not even pay off. Im not denying there is a problem with illegal immigration and drug trafficking from Mexico, jus that if he REALY cared he would look at the PROVEN facts and statistics rather than ignoring them and doing what he wants to do regardless.