getting students to engage the news…
Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota signed a pledge last week to build double-fencing the entire length of the 2,000-mile border with Mexico. Herman Cain called for an electrified border fence, 20 feet high with barbed wire.
In this NY Times article, an important issue is raised about the costs associated with building fences to seal our Southern border. Figures in the article ranged from $16 M to $21 M PER MILE, and that doesn’t include the costs associated with acquiring the land to build the fence. The Customs and Border Protection agency estimates that the cost of building a fence the entire 1,400 mile border would be a minimum of $25 B and it would cost another $6.5 B to maintain it over the next 20 years. Seeing these figures, what are your thoughts about building a border fence from an economic viewpoint. That is, does regulating the behavior actually cost more than the behavior itself?
What do you think about the building of a border fence from a philosophical perspective? That is, ignoring the costs associated with building it, SHOULD we build a fence? Remember to strengthen your argument by weaving a high quality source into your response!