Letter: Wall is not what America is about

From: Greg Dinkins


I read in Feb. 13’s paper that "El Chapo" Joaquin Guzman was found guilty on multiple drug smuggling charges. As I understand, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has introduced a bill that would have the Mexican drug lords pay for the border wall that president Trump wants. I assume that the United States would reap the monetary rewards from "El Chapo’s" conviction that would more than cover the cost of a 2,000-mile wall.

But in the same article it was stated that most of the drugs smuggled into the U.S. were by trains, trucks, fake containers shipped containing drugs and cars with containers of drugs under the car, crossing our borders through legal entry spots with the drugs hidden.

My question: Is the wall to try to stop drug trafficking or to stop innocent people trying to relocate to the U.S. for a better life? Most of the Mexicans that are in the United States are good people, honest people and hard working people. Yes, there are a few that join gangs and are a problem, for which they should be punished. But the vast majority are here just trying to make a better life for their family.

A wall will not stop the drugs coming into this country. Only better security checks on all types of transportation will decrease drug smuggling. As a proud American, I feel the Statue of Liberty is more of what America is about than a wall.