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FILE - This Jan. 25, 2017, file photo shows a truck driving near the Mexico-US border fence, on the Mexican side, separating the towns of Anapra, Mexico and Sunland Park, New Mexico. President Donald Trump will face many obstacles in building his “big, beautiful wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border, including how to pay for it and how to contend with unfavorable geography and the legal battles ahead. (AP Photo/Christian Torres, File) ORG XMIT: WX301

Why shouldn't the United States build a wall at the Mexican border? There are so many reasons why we shouldn't make this wall, mainly because it's just a waste of money. These immigrants will find their way across the border. They will build tunnels, even climb a ladder over the wall. The money going toward that wall can be used for a good cause. But also, immigrants come to the United States for opportunities they cannot find in their country.

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These immigrants come here for a better life, to work so they can feed their families back in Mexico. People don't see what these immigrants go through daily in their country. In his presidential campaign announcement speech, Donald Trump said, "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." The Mexican government does not send its people to cross the border; it just doesn't make sense. These immigrants come by choice. In my experience, dealing with an immigrant family myself, they don't come here to bring drugs, nor are criminals. They are hard workers; they help the needy and don't disturb the peace.

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A Washington Post article by Michelle Ye Hee Lee reported that data "on immigrants and crime are incomplete, but a range of studies shows there is no evidence immigrants commit more crimes than native-born Americans. First-generation immigrants are predisposed to lower crime rates than native-born Americans." They come here for a good cause, and that is to work their rears off to provide for their families. They don't come here to destroy America's property but to make it a better place to live in.

Imagine what it would be like if we didn't have immigrants in the United States. In my opinion, the United States would be nothing. It wouldn't have cultural experiences. People fail to see the good in these immigrants. They base their opinions on what other people think or say about these immigrants. They need to see beyond these immigrants' flaws; we are all human at the end of the day.

The United States should not build a wall by the Mexican border because imagine all of the money that is being used on the wall. It could go to student loans or something with more significance. The wall is so much hard work if it was to ever happen; it would take years to build.

Roxana Carbajal

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