Daniel Halliday
Feb 1 · Last update 6 mo. ago.

What is the best solution to ending the US government shutdown?

The US is in the midst of the longest government shutdown in the country’s history. This situation followed on from the blocking of the government’s appropriations bill that designates federal government spending, as last minute addition of $5.7 billion was added to build a US-Mexico border wall. The shutdown is thought to have already cost the American economy $11 billion and counting, so what are the solutions to this political stalemate, what is the best move for the US government?
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Time to look back at the bigger picture
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Time to look forward with the environment in mind
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The United States needs a stronger border
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Welcome them as asylum seekers
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Time to look back at the bigger picture

Now that the United States government shutdown is over, and in order to prevent further political crises such as this, now is time to look at the bigger picture surrounding this issue. The toxic cycle of the US-Mexico border situation really requires reform when considering that increasing any barrier on the border will only cause migrants to consider increasingly hazardous solutions, while increasing trafficker revenues for ever more complex people smuggling procedures, and further supporting the other illicit smuggling industries. There obviously needs to be some policy reform involving drugs and immigration law in the US and Mexico, both are failing to adequately address this complex issue which is destroying lives on both side of the border. But at the same time there needs to be social programs put in place on both sides of the border also, to promote social healing, empowering people so they don’t need to rely on drugs and to help people overcome violence and trauma. businessinsider.com/inside-mexican-drug-cartel-narco-tunnels-on-the-us-mexico-border-2016-9

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Daniel Halliday
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Time to look forward with the environment in mind

The solution to this political standoff cannot involve walls or barriers, something that will only push desperate people into more dangerous situations, while pushing environmental damage further. The constructions used to control the movement of people across the border have failed in their effectiveness and are failing environmentally also, and building larger or more comprehensive walls will not address this issue but only damage the the diverse ecosystem of the borderlands further. Now that the government shutdown has ended it's time to consider the damage done to people, animals and environment, not to mention all the damage to parks, and the federal workers that protect them, all over the country as a result of this government shutdown. washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2018/06/22/the-trump-administration-is-right-about-the-problem-at-the-border-but-its-solutions-would-just-make-things-worse/?utm_term=.ae0908d0d0e2

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The United States needs a stronger border

With a rise in border violence due to cartels and a booming illegal drug smuggling industry, an overwhelming number of migrants (a overall doubling and a tripling of unaccompanied minors in 2018), and overwhelmed American infrastructure to deal with it, something needs to change. Furthermore a system of supplying large scale amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants only encourages more people to migrate making the issue worse. Shutting down the government was probably not the best method of accomplishing anything, judging by the massive cost to the American economy at large, but this monumental problem needs addressing and the border needs to be made stronger. Diplomacy is possibility the best long term solution, a combination of economic and social programs to boost Mexico’s socioeconomic reality, making the country more willing and able to help tackle this complex issue, but short term there needs to be measures put in place.

nypost.com/2018/06/19/the-real-key-to-solving-the-family-separation-crisis-at-the-border

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Welcome them as asylum seekers

The overwhelming majority of illegal immigrants going to the United States are actually fleeing violent situations including gang violence, political repression or catastrophic economic situations. Meanwhile the US is suffering a very severe labour shortage. The only logical solution here is to process these poor people, fleeing violence, oppression or poverty, as asylum seekers. To get them into the system, get them jobs, get them paying taxes and contributing to society, will help all involved; the economy will grow as a result, they will be safer and the labour shortage in the US can begin to be addressed. The money for processing these migrants and integrating them into society can be taken out of the $5.7 billion Trump is seeking for his wall; the rest can be put into training programs to address the skill shortage in the American labour market.

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