Border walls have a history of doing their jobs

Michael Rubin for the American Enterprise Institute: Is it a foregone conclusion that a U.S.-Mexico border wall would be a multi-billion-dollar folly?

The answer to this is no. Walls do have a history of doing their job and, indeed, they are the tried-and-true go-to strategy almost everywhere that security or illegal migration is a concern ... So, let's consider the precedent of walls and systems designed to maintain security and keep illegal immigrants and terrorists out while allowing legal immigrants and visitors in:

Consider first buildings like the White House, where a decorative fence predated the wrought iron fence installed by President Ulysses Grant to control New Year's crowds. President Franklin Roosevelt began restricting access to White House grounds to appointment-holders only during World War II as a further security measure.

But the White House is a building and different than a national border, even if the logic remains the same. Is there a precedent with border walls working along much longer distances?

Here, again, the answer is yes. Consider the following:

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