An incident that recently occurred at the border in Arizona is a useful illustration of precisely why a wall is needed.
A Mexican man attempting to cross into the United States near Nogales, Arizona fell from atop the border fence and ultimately died from resulting injuries.
On June 18, a 47-year-old man from Mexico attempted to cross the border in the area of Nogales. But, instead of climbing down, he fell onto American soil.
That same day the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) found the man unconscious and suffering from “significant injuries to the right side of the head and right arm.”
He was treated for his injuries while in custody, undergoing surgery to drain fluid from his brain. However, the fall caused far too much damage, and the man died on Sunday, June 30. The death was reported by Homeland Security on Tuesday, though the man’s name was not publicly revealed.
Nogales, Arizona is a town of roughly 20,000 citizens, and it sits across the border from a concentration of approximately 100,000 Mexicans, making it a key entry point in need of heightened security measures.
The fence that separates the United States from Mexico at Nogales is not at all the type of wall that President Donald Trump has sought to erect. Not having received the necessary funding to build his wall from Congress, President Donald Trump instead ordered that razor wire be put on the pre-existing barrier as an additional deterrent.
The move has caused much controversy, leading the city of Nogales to pass a resolution in February condemning the use of razor wire.
“Placing coiled concertina wire strands on the ground is typically only found in a war, battlefield, or prison setting, and not in an urban setting,” the resolution reads in part. “Using razor wire that is designed to inflict serious bodily injury or death in the immediate proximity of our residents, children, pets, law enforcement, and first responders is not only irresponsible but inhuman.”
Whether the razor wire had anything to do with this particular fall remains unclear.
The argument could be made that if the president received funding for a proper wall, this death could have been prevented simply because the fall would not have occurred.
In the words of President Trump: “Walls work, and walls save lives.”