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Tell us what you think about the border wall

Now that President Donald Trump has addressed the nation about a need for a southern border wall, has your opinion changed about the construction of a physical barrier? Do you agree with Trump’s concern that there is a humanitarian crisis at the border? Should Democrats refuse to negotiate with Trump unless he drops his demand for the wall?

Earlier, we asked you:

Do immigration problems at our southern border constitute a national emergency? Is a wall, either concrete or steel, stretching along the border the answer?

Or, could better security be achieved by adding border agents and by utilizing more drones and other technology?

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Rather than waste money on a border "wall...experts on the issue support the use of modern technology, staffing, and...

Robert Mays, Freeport

For better or worse, a wall, properly designed would give us much better control of our borders.

Richard R, Great Neck

Build the wall

Matthew kiladitis , Saint james

I heard Sen. Schumer state that the "experts" claim a barrier will not work. Who are Schumer's "experts?"

Lynette Martin, North Babylon

Let's use our money wisely and take advantage of technologically advanced (and cost-effective) methods to deter illegal entry.

Douglas Vandewinckel, East Northport

A country without borders is not a country at all.

John O’Donoghue, Saint James

We are a country that tears down walls. Remember Reagan?

Sam Vangeli, Oceanside

Walls work

Pat Stewart, College Point

Whats the matter with the people who oppose the wall, please tell them to take down the fences around their houses and open...

thomas j romano, Malverne

A nation MUST enforce its own borders, no exceptions.

Ed Burke, Riverhead

Build the wall, add a moat with alligators.

Kevin Conron, Centereach

President Trump promised multiple times during his run for election that Mexico would pay for the wall.

Andrew Sinclair, Lake Grove

YES we need the wall. It should have already been built.

j potter, crestview fl

Ultimately, Patton said it best, 'Fixed fortifications are monuments to the stupidity of man.

Alan Zollo, Patchogue

I would agree to not build a wall if every politician against it would argee to remove all barriers around their homes

Chris Hanson, ISLAND PARK

Building a physical barrier from "sea to sea" is a waste of money and resources.

Jeff Schwarz, Smithtown

Only a moron would believe that a terrorist would be thwarted by a wall.

Ira Perlman, Coram

The United States stands for the right to immigrate here to seek a better opportunity and live a better life.

Ivan Cortes, Islip

Immigration problems at the southern border are created by a racist President who views immigration as a political tool.

Ronald B. Brinn, Great Neck

A wall will not deter these migrants so a alternative to this should be addressed

John Bayat, Merrick

We do need border security. However a "Middle Ages" wall is not the answer. We need to use our technology and more border...

Anthony LaRocca, N Babylon

Nobody believes that we need a 1,000 mile concrete wall but strategically placed barriers complemented by additional agents...

Larry Weiss, Holbrook

We need a wall.

darryl dowers, syosset

Build a physical barrier as well as a technological one.

Steve Limbach, Huntington Station

The border wall does not solve everything, but it should be built. I am all for immigration, but it should be done legally.

Don Messer, Northport

I think the border wall is very important and way overdue.

Otto Cruse, Islip

All the 9/11 terrorists that entered Illegally came across the Canadian border. Why only build one on the southern border?

Mike Mackenzie, Massapequa

After we build the wall let's address excessive LEGAL immigration. One million per year is too many.

Brian Myers, East Northport

Ridiculous! A waste of taxpayers money! We have better things to do with money - a wall is a superficial answer to nothing

Lynn E Thompson , Roslyn Heights

Build the wall as a first step. Use technology to supplement the wall. Tighten up the immigration policies.

Thomas E Oldakowski, Huntington

BUILD IT NOW

Bruce Markowitz, Valley Stream

I think the wall is a waste of money. Did everyone forget that the ones that truly impacted our country FLEW into the United...

Chris N., Long Island

build the wall

mike caddy, long beach

100% we need the wall. For those who think we do not need the wall, please remove your front door on your house.

Bobby Peazz, MEDFORD

BUILD IT, asap

Mike Miller, Westbury

We also need stronger laws enforced by repeat offenders.

gary bolk, Port Jefferson Station

Put the wall up, help protect the USA

GINA BRODY, NEW YORK

We the people are paying for all of this and we have the right to have a wall and protection for our nation.

Joyce Hupe, Garden City South

Use our tax dollars to make us safe! We should have a process to allow others into our country.

Jean-Pierre Dion, Miller Place

Terrible the president is holding one million people hostage to get what he wants.

Robert Smith, Bellmore Long Island

Build the wall (or fence or barrier) AND deploy technological assistance and more border security personnel.

John McClung, Kings Park

We should have a wall and people wanting to enter the U.S. should go through the vetting process.

WILLIAM J YOUNG, MASSAPEQUA

A wall will accomplish nothing

Gary Z, Ronkonkoma

First and foremost, we need some type of border wall to keep out those who would not seek entry legally.

Dan Daly, Melville

Start with a wall or other barrier & while that's being built, fix the broken immigration policies already.

Louise M, Westbury

Build the wall!

Charles Gardner, KINGS PARK

If building a wall is what it takes to stop people from flouting our laws and respecting our borders, then build it,...

K Harrington, Melvlle

For the same reason we have locks on our doors and fences around our property............BUILD THE WALL!

Patrick Martin, Massapequa

We welcome people here and always have, but they must comply with the customs and laws of legal entry.

Gerard Grant, Babylon

We need the wall and the wall will work.

G. Vincent, Lindenhurst

We need barriers to keep the "bad" ones out and to keep people from crossing the "no man's" areas where many are dying as...

William J. Van Sickle, Brentwood

Chances of getting the wall approved by Congress are slim and none. And slim just left.

Frank Lavoine, Wantagh

It's time for our country, including democrats, to get behind the president.

John White, San Jose

If this was the 10th century, it would be a great idea

Bob Urban, Setauket

From the beginning, the proposal that a large wall would keep out Mexican "rapists" and criminals has been ignorant and has...

Janet Draffin, Bayport

Walls are built for the same reason we put fences around prisons

VINCENT DITTA, Long Island

The President is using blackmail in an attempt to force a wall that the majority of Americans are against.

Jerome Kass, Babylon

5 billion is nothing compared to the ransom Obama paid Iran!

Carol Brekke, Port Jefferson Station

We give billions of dollars to many countries around the world to fight wars and many other reasons. Why can't we take care...

James Maggiotto , Massapequa

Spend the money on modern deterrents, not medieval ones.

Mike Krapf , Saint James

I’m all for building the wall if Trump and his family agree to be on the other side of it!

Murray K., Bellmore

They want to spends BILLIONS on other countries' security, it's time the money stays here and we secure OUR borders first...

Brian Livingston, Lindenhurst

Yes we need better enforcement along the U.S. border.

Shawn E Hassell, Wyandanch

Walls were rendered useless as a deterrent with the invention of the catapult in ancient times.

Mary Pearce, Remsenburg NY 11960

Too many of us have walls around our minds.

Rhoda McManus, Pakdale

Whichever ill-advised adviser told Trump to build a wall, separate children from their families, and continue his racist...

Rick Rolston, Bethpage

A wall would be about as effective as the Maginot Line.

Patrick Fallon, Hicksville

Communists had the Berlin Wall. The United States has the Statue of Liberty. Let's keep it that way. No wall.

David Phillips, Bohemia

We must protect our borders. Build the wall.

Robert Conti, Floral Park

The U.S. railed against the Berlin wall for decades. The construction of a wall is total hipocracy put forth by racism and...

Vic Cosenza, East Northport

Only morons believe a wall should not be built.

Patty Ames, Deer Park

Do what it takes to secure the borders.

Charles Murphy , Port Jefferson

Their are plenty of ways to monitor the border without a wall.

David Randall, ROCKLEDGE Fl

We need better border security. Both Democrat and Republican leaders have said so for years. A wall coupled with modern...

Ernie Gulotta, Muttontown

To shut down our government in order to get his way, Mr. Trump is playing the part of the bully in the playground.

Laura Shea, Miller Place

To say your are for border security but against the wall is pure nonsense.

Len Kunzig, Bethpage

I would like the American people to think about how politicians security is so much more important than yours.

Joseph Wilkonski, Hicksville

I just don't understand why there is so much opposition to a wall. The cost is minimal.

David Sellar, Northport, NY

Maybe if Trump would suggest a wall at the northern border it wouldn’t look so bigoted.

Dean Bogdanowich , Islip Terrace

Since most illegal immigration is done by overstaying visas, I suppose we should just build a dome.

Jon Roren, Kings Park