During the 2016 United States presidential election, Donald Trump based part of his presidential campaign on a promise that if he were elected, the United States would build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico under his direction as the President. Trump has assured that this wall will remedy many economic and social problems including decreasing illegal immigration, crime, and poverty. In “The Impact of “Building the Wall” on the Criminal Justice System,” Professor Melanie Reid argues that building this wall between the U.S. and Mexico will not produce the outcomes that have been promised. Instead, she states that the result of building the wall will be an extraordinary increase in spending of federal resources, a decrease in legal immigration, and an increase in alienation of foreigners. Lastly, Reid suggests that federal resources for immigration would be better used to build a uniform immigration system and to deter the most serious immigration offenses, such as terrorism, smuggling, and illegal re-entry into the U.S. by felons.


Professor Reid’s article will appear in Volume 1  of New England Law Review – Offer of Proof


Contributing Editor: Erin Filban