I was raised in “no borders” suburbs, so to me border walls sound dumb.
You learn to get along with your neighbors and they learn to get along with you.
But people raised with lots of walls, think of walls for everything.
I associate “walls” with prisons, not with “sense of security”.
My thoughts on the US prison system stem from:
Ender’s Game book
Pink Floyd’s The Wall
Finding John Holt and Summerhill books at 14 at my public library
Watching the Berlin Wall come down (Walls are prisons)
Learning about “adolescent treatment centers” from friends and reading in the 80s/early 90s (like-a-prison)
Hearing about excessively long drug sentences through the 90s
Boot camps being promoted in the 90s
and of these that were supposed to be rehabilitation, were in reality, punitive.
Education is for learning but is too often carried out as punitive.
So, I extended that to prisons and crime and police, and while I still believe our flawed court system is flawed, it’s better than street justice and needs improvements.