"The wall is probably $8 billion, which is a tiny fraction of the money that we lose with Mexico," Donald Trump told MSNBC's Tamron Hall in an interview.  He clarified this number by explaining: "all I'm doing is I'm multiplying the number of miles by a certain num--it's a very simple number...I'm very good at that."

This seems to have a lot of popular support out there.  Well, being one that crosses that border more often than probably most people do, I have to ask: do we really want to put a wall around our country?

We stand for freedom -- and yet, we want to put up a wall that makes the U.S. look like a prison?

Always remember this: walls are a two-way street.  Not only will they keep people out, but they will also keep you in.

I personally do not want to live with walls around my country.  I do not want to live in country modeled after East Berlin.  I don’t feel a wall is going to protect me anymore or less than if there were none at all.

If this is truly for safety, then why stop at Mexico?  Why not build a wall around the Canadian border too?  After all, if you believe the 9/11 report, the hijackers came directly from Canada.

When I drive into Mexico, I’m welcomed.  Nobody questions why I’m there.  Yet the second I turn around to return to my home country, it takes me two to three hours and a lot of interrogation.  The first question is typically, “How long were you in Mexico?”  My initial response is, “How is that any of your business how long I’ve been in Mexico?”  I’m a United States citizen, showing a legitimate passport, coming back to my home country.  It’s easier to go into Mexico as an American citizen than it is to go into my own country.  Something is sorely wrong with that.

-Jesse Ventura


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