The influx of Central American immigrants is a not a new phenomenon. During the Obama administration, thousands of Central Americans came to the southern border to claim asylum, many of them women and children.
Discourse about immigration has been largely shaped by the notion of a wall, and the Democratic response has been a weak “no wall” rhetoric. Last week, funding for the wall was negotiated in Congress to $1.4 billon, down from the $5.7 billion that Trump had asked for during the last government shutdown.
However, perhaps an even more important issue to consider is that the wall will not even be effective for what Trump wants to accomplish. Besides the issue of the wall stopping illegal immigration, another problem Trump wants to tackle is stopping the opioid crisis by stopping the flow of drugs into the U.S. from the southern border.
The idea of private efficiency is deeply ingrained in global economic thinking. Since the 1980s, Thatcher, Reagan and their institutional accomplices at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) have advocated for privatization through this argument — that private services are implicitly more efficient than public services.
As the final leaves fall from the trees and the fall season slowly transitions into a Connecticut winter, we see many smiles around campus turn into grimaces. The cold has finally arrived, and with it, finals season, flu season and the long weeks stretching out before we are finally relieved by winter break.