Cato Institute Addresses Counterproductive Consequences Of Border Enforcement

Published: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 2:57pm
Updated: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 3:04pm

The Trump administration says it’s committed to increasing security along the U.S.-Mexico border by building a wall and making it more difficult for anyone to attempt to cross illegally.

Humanitarian and environmental concerns have been frequently expressed about the wall’s creation. But simple economics also make the project seem especially daunting. The wall, if completed, could cost anywhere from $21 billion to $70 billion.

And the libertarian Cato Institute, in its fall 2017 Cato Journal, addresses the counterproductive consequences of border enforcement, which includes an argument against putting up more barriers.

Princeton Sociology Professor Douglas Massey wrote that particular piece, and we spoke with him.

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