Barbed Wire

More opinions on protecting the U.S./Mexican border:

“If the [wall is] so important and necessary, why did Trump wait two years to pursue it? The Republicans controlled all three branches for two years and he did nothing to get it funded.

Another contributor says…

“You are out of control! Fake article! You do not know the ranchers and their hired militia. Stop your info! I worked in this area.”

We’ve never implied illegal immigration’s not a problem; we sympathize with U.S. citizens who live and work near the border and are most directly affected.

(As for “fake article”…more on that later.)

Speaking of most directly affected, we’ll consider this reader an eyewitness:

“In my opinion, the purpose of the wall/fence is to make it more difficult to cross. The time lag allows border agents to, hopefully, arrive on the scene to apprehend illegals.

“Cameras and drones do their part but travel times and distances for the few agents assigned along the border are LONG.

“The 87 miles of border [near me] are dirt roads with a safe speed limit of 40 miles per hour. The border marker is a three-strand barbed wire fence.

“As a 63-year old New Mexico resident who lives near the border, I support a deterrent to the infiltration of illegal aliens whether it be a wall, a fence or an agent every 25 yards.”

Your Rundown for Friday, January 25, 2019:

“Fuzzy Math” Explained

Here’s more on our effort yesterday to contextualize the problem of illegal immigration with actual numbers:

“Funny that you show 5 years of historical data from CBP but only give the current figure from MPI.

“The numbers from CBP are an actual count. The numbers from MPI are an estimate/guess.

“The left-leaning MPI has basically given this same 11 million number for years with very little or no increase.

“How do 2.5 million more counted apprehended illegals come here in the last 5 years alone with no total increase in the overall number from MPI?”

Thanks for the input.

For obvious reasons, any attempt to put a hard-and-fast number on unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. is a difficult task. If a person’s living here illegally, he’s not going to answer the door for the census folks.

As for the Migration Policy Institute, we checked the Media Bias/Fact Check website where you can plug in most any news outlet to get the lowdown on their level of media bias and factual reporting.

According to the website, yes, the MPI has a left-center bias (not far-left); however, they get high marks for factual reporting.

Why the MPI estimate hasn’t changed? Particularly after the CBP numbers show 2.5 million apprehended in 5 years?

The CBP numbers only count people who’ve been apprehended at the border and turned back. Do some still succeed in getting into the country illegally? Absolutely.

Market Rundown for Fri. January 25, 2019

S&P 500 futures are up 28 points to 2,670.05.

Oil is up 16 cents to $53.29 per barrel.

Gold’s on a tear — it’s up $16.70 to $1,296.50 per ounce.

Bitcoin is down $18.27 to $3,580.54.

Have a good weekend. We’ll catch up Monday.

For the Rundown,

Aaron Gentzler

Aaron Gentzler

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Aaron Gentzler is the publisher of Seven Figure Publishing. He is also the editor of The Rundown and has been with Agora Financial / Seven Figure Publishing since 2005. He's been covering technology and markets for over a decade.

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