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Is A Wall The Answer?

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Tomas Castelazo
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Thursday, we’re talking about the central sticking point in the ongoing federal shutdown: The wall. Hundreds of miles of physical barriers already separate the US and Mexico. Are more walls the answer to the humanitarian crisis at the border?

RadioWest divider.

Thursday, we’re talking about the central sticking point in the ongoing federal shutdown: The wall. Hundreds of miles of physical barriers already separate the United States and Mexico, and former Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan says they are so effective it’d be irresponsible not to build more of them. But do walls actually work to keep people and drugs from entering America? Or would the country be better served if Washington addressed other problems with our immigration policy?

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Mark Morgan is the former chief of the US Border Patrol. He's a former US Marine and spent 20 years at the FBI before joining Customs and Border Protection.

David Bier is an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute's Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity.

*Special thanks to KUER News Director Andrew Becker.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.