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For Border Security, Economics Trumps Politics

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Feb 11, 2016 | 08:00 GMT
Preventing the movement of illegal drugs and undocumented workers across the U.S.-Mexico border will require more than just a wall.

Steel walls, fences and razor wire form the imposing U.S.-Mexico border wall in San Ysidro, California.  

(DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images) 

The basic economic law of supply and demand mean that no border wall – no matter how tall or well-fortified – will be able to completely stem the flow of illicit goods or fully prevent illegal immigration. As long as Americans are willing to buy illegal drugs and provide jobs to undocumented workers, illegal cross-border activity will continue....

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