Despite the left's claims to the contrary, an immigration enforcement advocacy organization says the American people want a border barrier.
A survey of ten congressional districts that voted for president Trump in 2016 but elected a Democrat in 2018 found that a majority of respondents still support the president's core agenda on immigration. The poll found that 61 percent of voters support the president's positions on border security, including 53 percent who favor "building a border wall or barrier to improve security between the U.S. and Mexico."
The polling agency, Public Opinion Strategies, conducted the survey for the Republican National Committee.
Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), says the survey debunks the ringing narrative of the mainstream media that the concept of a physical barrier on the southern border is both unpopular and unnecessary.
"All these claims that it's not effective is simply a smokescreen," he asserts. "The real reason they don't want to do this is, number one, they don't want to hand the president a political victory. The second thing is you have to question whether they are opposed to it because the walls won't work or because they will work. And that's the more likely scenario; they don't want to see these walls put up because actually they are very effective."
Mehlman says sensors are not enough.
"Nancy Pelosi keeps talking about using technology, putting sensors out there. And that's great; there's nothing wrong with having sensors and night vision cameras," he recognizes. "All that does is let us know that someone entered the country illegally. It does nothing to stop that individual. Walls do."
The majority of those surveyed seem to agree.