AUSTIN (AP) The wall would be a boon to the U. S. economy and boost wages and salaries for many Americans, but it’s not the kind of solution that would make the border less dangerous for people and goods, said U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a statement Thursday.
It would also exacerbate the already high levels of violence along the border.
Guterre said the U .
S. should build a wall along its southern border to keep criminals and drug traffickers out.
He called for a phased approach to building the wall and a strategy to secure it.
Gártere, who was in Mexico City as part of the summit, also warned of the growing threat of pandemic-like diseases and the need to find new ways to fight them.
Gaseres statement called for the United States to continue its commitment to a global approach to fight the spread of infectious diseases, including tuberculosis and the coronavirus, as well as to support its health workers in the fight against HIV/AIDS and malaria.
Guterres said the United Nations had agreed that the goal of the Paris climate talks should be to build the necessary capacity to combat climate change, especially if that meant the building of barriers and fences.
The United States and Mexico are the only two countries in the world that are actively building a wall, according to a 2013 report by the nonprofit group Global Strategy Initiative.
The wall, which would be paid for by U.s. taxpayers, would stretch from Mexico to Canada and across the U and Mexico border.
A recent Pew Research Center survey found that nearly two-thirds of Americans oppose the wall, including almost one-quarter who say it would make it more difficult to get to the country.