The Next Failed Berlin Wall Analogy

This happens all the time (geez, this time it even happened in the Wall Street Journal).

Wall

People are always comparing the world’s famous and infamous walls (and there sure are a lot of them, aren’t there?) to that über-infamous Berlin one and, well, they just plain refuse to get it right. This time it’s the fence built along the border between the US and Mexico’s turn.

I’ll try and explain: The Berlin Wall was built to keep people in. You know, like a prison wall? The fence in question, as far as I understand it, is being built to keep people out. I know, that’s a feiner Unterschied (fine distinction) here, but it is an important one. And I just wanted to try to set the record straight, again.

The border-security fence in the Senate bill would be America’s Berlin Wall—a historic embarrassment.

2 responses

  1. Mexicans are largely free to go wherever they want, if they get a visa like they would need anywhere else in the world. The tragedies here are:

    1) Mexico is disposing of it’s high school drop-outs on the US and
    2) illegals put a glut of labor on the bottom end of the market. In effect, it creates poverty, and unemploys those that already earn the least.
    3) what’s illustrative is that illegals cost what they get. In other words, they work under the table and largely let their employers bypass the growing mountain of employer-mandates and matched-cost taxation that characterizes the left’s effort to make employers their supplementary welfare office.

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