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How do you feel about the fact that more and more walls are being built nowadays?

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How do you feel about the fact that more and more walls are being built nowadays?

41 separation walls have been built so far. Some of them have been built on the border between 2 countries. Others within disputed territories. On a smaller scale, more and more walls are also being built around privileged communities. We call them « gated communities ». Including or excluding, all these walls separate and stand as cold physical realities between people.

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Question 2/9

Do you agree with this sentence:
"Good fences make good neighbors" ?

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Do you agree with this sentence:
"Good fences make good neighbors" ?

This sentence comes from the metaphorical poem « Mending wall », written by the American poet Robert Frost, and published in 1914. According to Frost, men continue to need marked boundaries, even when they find it difficult to justify their existence. The saying "Good fences make good neighbors" can be traced to the Spanish, "Una pared entre dos vezinos guarda mas (haze durar) la amistad," which goes back at least to the Middle Ages.

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Question 3/9

Do you think separation walls admit our defeat to find solutions?

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Do you think separation walls admit our defeat to find solutions?

The idea of building a wall to keep someone out is not a new phenomenon. But since 9/11 attacks, there has been a predominance of security answers to global challenges such as terrorism, immigration or poverty.

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Question 4/9

How much do you think the federal government is spending per year to maintain the surveillance of the US/Mexico wall?

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How much do you think the federal government is spending per year to maintain the surveillance of the US/Mexico wall?

Approximately $17 billion are spent each year by the U.S. Federal government to build, strengthen and maintain the wall and to fight illegal immigration.

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Question 5/9

Which Native American territory
is officially recognized as straddling the US/Mexico border?

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Which Native American territory
is officially recognized as straddling the US/Mexico border?

The Tohono O’odham people, accustomed to having free access to their land, now suffer constant scrutiny, sometimes even being detained for simply traversing their legal territory. Once a single, unified nation, the construction of a fence has resulted in the Tohono O’odham nation being broken into four separate tribes, each politically and geographically separate.

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The virtual fence would consist of watch towers, equipped with radar and video cameras. Anyone with an Internet connection would be able to see what is happening along the border. The Federal government tried to construct a “virtual fence” along the border but it abandoned the project in 2011 after spending more than $1 billion on a faulty system. In 2014, a new “virtual fence project” has been approved by a Senate committee in Arizona.

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Question 7/9

How many migrants do you think are dying each year along the US/Mexico border?

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How many migrants do you think are dying each year along the US/Mexico border?

Officially speaking, about 400-500 migrants are dying each year. But some organizations are saying that in reality, two or three times more people are actually losing their life along the US/Mexico wall.

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Question 8/9

What is the main reason for migrants to cross the US/Mexico border?

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What is the main reason for migrants to cross the US/Mexico border?

More than 50% of the migrants try to reach the US for work. Lately, a surge of unaccompanied child migrants has been crossing the US-Mexico border and seeking refuge in the US. Most of these unaccompanied children don't migrate for economic reasons, but flee from threats and violence in their home countries, such as Guatemala, El Salvador or Honduras.

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Question 9/9

How much does an unauthorized Mexican migrant pay a « Coyote »?
PS: a « Coyote » is a person who smuggles people illegally across borders, without accompanying the crosser)?

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How much does an unauthorized Mexican migrant pay a « Coyote »?
PS: a « Coyote » is a person who smuggles people illegally across borders, without accompanying the crosser)?

Costs vary widely based on the mode of transportation, distance travelled, the number and characteristics of those being moved, price discrimination, and local conditions like the cost of avoiding detection by immigration authorities. Unauthorized Mexican immigrants usually pay $4,000 to cross the border on foot. The smuggling fee for unauthorized Central American migrants can go up to $7,000 to $10,000.

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