"Put simply, there's no way we could possibly afford to build a wall along our entire southern border, and it wouldn't work if we did. Ask the Chinese."
The wall would cost less than the tens of billions of dollars illegal immigration costs the American taxpayer every year.
Even the amnesty crowd estimates it at around 20 billion and that's CNN's number:
The cost of illegal immigration per YEAR is 100+ billion
You're saying it doesn't work because it didn't work in China, bad analogy. It was a different time with different circumstances. The Israeli wall works for example. Less attacks since it was built.
White House fence works.
Gated community fences work, not perfectly but they work.
"Why do people even want to build a wall like that, instead of reformed immigration laws that can make the legal option more feasible?"
The US does not need a large mass of unskilled or barely skilled people. All that does is drive down wages.
You don't even realize you're providing government assistance to those big corporations you liberals despise so much. Big business loves mass immigration because they can drive down wages and call people racists and xenophobes if they oppose. Democrats also love amnesty because they know most of these people will vote Democrat once they get citizenship. All while useful idiots pat themselves on the back for how "tolerant" they are that they support virtually anyone of the 7 billion non-Americans coming in. It's insane. Open borders doesn't work, particularly when the left wants a welfare state too.
"What do you expect to happen to those jobs if you manage to kick the current workers out?"
I'm guessing they'll go to American citizens and they'll go for better pay too and then you can get lazy Americans off welfare as well.
"And why Mexico in particular?"
CLEARLY because people are racist and hate ALL Hispanics for being Hispanic. [/leftist propaganda]
Uh no, it's because it's the main source of the problem.
It's not the case for example with Canada, but then again Canada's government and standard of living isn't anywhere near as shit as Mexico's and there aren't millions of unskilled or low skilled Canadians going over the border illegally, taking jobs from American citizens and being disproportionately involved in crime. If that happened, it would make sense to have a Canada wall too.
One final question:
Do you think Mexico tolerates illegal immigration to their soil?
Let's see them take down their own borders and issue an open invitation for 7 billion people to possibly come in.