While supporters of Trump’s wall have used a Go Fund Me as proof Americans want a border wall, the reality is the campaign shows less than 1% of Americans have shown their support
Triple amputee veteran Brian Kolfage started the campaign less than a week ago
The campaign has raised over $14 million of the $1 billion goal
Despite raising a substantial amount of money the campaign has not even been shared on social media by 1% of Americans
Less than a week ago, triple amputee veteran Brian Kolfage started a Go Fund Me campaign to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall because “it’s our duty as citizens,” the campaign claims.
At the time of this article, the campaign titled “We The People Will Fund The Wall” has raised an impressive $14,044,475. However, it is still very far from the campaign goal of $1 billion. A few of the major contributors have said even if the wall receives congressional funding, they would still like the money go towards an even better wall. Because winning!
Despite being far from the campaign’s goal, supporters of the wall are touting the campaign as a clear symbol that the majority of Americans want the border wall built. So far the campaign has had 230,236 contributors and has been shared over 959,000 times. Those are huge numbers at first glance, but in the bigger picture, they are an insignificant drop in the bucket.
In 2017, it was reported that America had a population of 325.7 million. That means the percentage of people who contributed to the wall fund is 0.071%. Less than 1% of America’s population. The number of people that shared the campaign on social media is slightly better at 0.29% but still is not even 1% of the American population.
Some may say that argument is not fair, as clearly not all Americans are of age to be involved with supporting a Go Fund Me campaign. Even looking at the number of people over the age of 18 the amount of support for a border wall does not look much better. According to the Kids Count Data Center, out of 325 million people, 252,063,800 are over the age of 18. That would mean the campaign has the support of .091% of adults in America, still not even 1%. Total social media shares equal .38%, not even a half percent of adults in America.
A CBS poll showed 59% of Americans were against the wall. The poll went on to show that 79% of Republicans support the wall, while 66% of independents and 84% of Democrats are against the wall. According to a Quinnipiac poll, only 37% of Americans are in support of the wall. The highest support for the wall recorded by Quinnipiac was 42% in 2016, but since then support for a border wall has continued to drop.
The reality is a border wall would do very little to solve America’s immigration or drug problems and the money could be better spent. The majority of illegal immigrants are from Mexico, but that number has been declining since 2007. According to the Pew Research Center, in 2016 America had 5.4 million illegal immigrants from Mexico compared to 6.9 million in 2007.
While there is an estimated 5.4 million illegal immigrants from Mexico, there is still an estimated 5.2 million illegal immigrants from other countries. Central America is believed to add another 1.9 million, mainly due to the turmoil in the Northern Triangle nations of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. This makes the southern border the main entrance point for the majority of illegal immigrants. Unfortunately, most come legally and stay longer than they are allowed, which suggests the money Trump would like to put towards the wall could be better spent on monitoring migrants.
Drugs would not be impacted much by a border wall either. The majority of drugs that come through the southern border come hidden in a vehicle and pass through inspection. Since cartels have a seemingly endless supply of money and are also known to be extremely violent, border patrol agents are normally bribed, threatened or extorted to allow shipments to go through. Along with paying off guards, a large portion of America’s drugs come to the east coast via boats and airplanes, which obviously a wall on the southern border would not prevent.