Build That Wall


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Dear Readers, your Humble Author has a confession to make: the first time the idea of building a big wall to divide the United States and Mexico was presented and considered, it seemed preposterous.

“Physically impossible and completely unnecessary,” were the summary points of that thinking – in those days, some 25 years ago.

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But did you know that there was a border wall built between the US and Mexico almost 80 years ago?

In a place now known as Organ Pipe National Monument and UNESCO biosphere reserve in Arizona, the National Park Service wanted to stop damage and disease brought by migrating animals heading north from neighboring Sonoma, Mexico:

“It was not human immigration, but rather environmental concerns that initially necessitated making the border less penetrable in the 1940’s.”

To protect the local environment and livestock, they built a monster of a barrier that still stretches 1,933 miles between the southern United States and northern Mexico:

In 1990, the U.S. Border Patrol began to erect physical barriers in its San Diego sector. 14 miles of fencing were erected along the border of San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico. This preemptive action was precipitated by events in 1986, when Border Patrol agents in San Diego apprehended 629,656 people, slightly more than the population of Las Vegas, Nevada!

A year ago, when President Trump ordered the “immediate construction” of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, 46 miles of the 60-mile boundary between San Diego County and Mexico were already fenced – in some cases, triple fortified.

Tijuana, Mexico is on the left; San Diego is on the right

On October 26, 2006, U.S. President George W. Bush enacted the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (Pub.L. 109–367), in the name of national protectionism:

“This bill will help protect the American people. This bill will make our borders more secure. It is an important step toward immigration reform.”

The 2006 Act specified “at least two layers of reinforced fencing.” Highlights of this legislation include:

  • Authorizes the construction of hundreds of miles of additional fencing along our Southern border [with Mexico];
  • Authorizes more vehicle barriers, checkpoints, and lighting to help prevent people from entering our country illegally;
  • Authorizes the Department of Homeland Security to increase the use of advanced technology like cameras, satellites, and unmanned aerial vehicles to reinforce our infrastructure at the border.

In 2011, President Barack Obama stated that “Department of Homeland Security officials told us they have finished 649 out of 652 miles of fencing (99.5 percent), which includes 299 miles of vehicle barriers and 350 miles of pedestrian fence.”

Republican critics observed that, of those 649 barriered miles, only 36.3 miles of double-layered fencing met the 2006 Secure Fence Act’s specifications.

Obama’s speedy come-back to the opposition:

“They’ll want a higher fence,” Obama said. “Maybe they’ll need a moat. Maybe they want alligators in the moat. They’ll never be satisfied. And I understand that. That’s politics.”

Yes, that’s politics. Obama continued his loosey-goosey policy on illegal immigration, to the point where the next Republican president at bat built a successful campaign platform plank out of illegal immigration reform.

The actual, totally serious and completely non-comedic response was that the act was amended in 2007 to allow Border Security agents to specify the type of fencing to use, appropriate to different areas.

Consequently, today, about one-third of the border between Mexico and the United States is fenced or walled. Most of this construction happened in the last 12 years, according to iNewsource – which has published an interactive border wall map.

Evidently, being first in the number of crossings seems to be important to these ports of entry between two friendly nations. Both San Diego and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument claim to see the most human traffic – both legal and illegal. However, border jumping is not a regional competition. It is a serious problem that hasn’t been addressed effectively – until now.

On August 23, 2017, President Trump tweeted:

“Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!”

The British Telegraph article cited above goes on to say that “the border with Mexico is roughly 1,900 miles long and spans fours state: California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. In comparison, the Berlin Wall was 96 miles while the Great Wall of China is 13,000 miles long.”

On October 24, 2017, CNBC News reported new wall section prototypes being built near San Diego, CA. It should surprise no one that Mexican President Vincente Fox takes a dim view of “That Wall:”

“Walls historically have never worked — the Chinese wall, the Berlin wall.”

Trump talks about the Great Wall of China a lot. It is an impressive structure, and it is considered one of the 7 Wonders of the Word. Quora writer Harvey King opined that, in its time, the Great Wall of China did work rather well in keeping “invaders” out, until the Mongols invaded from an unexpected direction (the north).

The Great Wall of China

If you want the inside skinny, ask someone based at ground zero:

“The evidence shows that barriers work,” says Pete Hermansen, a 22-year veteran of the Border Patrol and former director of the agency’s tactical and rescue teams.

FOX News went on to dish this quote, regarding the new border wall prototypes, which tower up to 30 feet tall:

“I can’t talk about it,” said a DHS official in Washington. “But the walls were so high we had to suspend testing. It was unsafe. Out of dozens of attempts, one guy made it to the top but he couldn’t get down. We had to bring him down with a cherry picker.”

Border patrol agents say 24 feet might be enough to do the job, and save some expense.

So, Dear Readers, “Physically impossible and completely unnecessary,” might have been true 25 years ago when considering a wall between the United States and Mexico, but times have changed. Technology has marched on. Illegal immigration has gotten out of hand. A big wall plus “legal discouragement” for employers of illegal workers should prove to be very effective indeed in remediating this enormous drain on US resources.

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In its place, employment in construction and enforcement is the tangible benefit of an enormous endeavor like this one.

But so much more important is that a physical obstruction to the steady stream of illegals entering the US-Mexico border allows Us the People to reclaim control over our national sovereignty. Reducing the number of newly-arriveds helps while sorting out the illegal immigration situation we’ve got going on here.

“The Great Wall of America” has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? Perhaps – dare we suggest – it might even become the fabled 8th Wonder of the World?

Remember, Americans are Dreamers, too.

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    Reagan was duped into giving what he thought was 2 million illegals .It turned out to be 4 million and he too was suppose to have a wall .This wall will never get built .The Dems X-rays and EPA will tie it up until they get their millions of newly amnesty illegals who are always Democrat voters to take over ever House and change our country forever .No DACA no deal no amnesty and deport I immediately with grave consequences if you are still here when the order is put out .Let our border patrols do their jobs . We have been invaded with the help of both houses and Obama .This is an act of war and they should be treated as such . Our people come first and they are being removed and replaced .Uphold the laws we have . Do the math people of how many their will be in just a few years .There will be no more America

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    I read that those immigrants are the only ones the US can get to pick all the crops on our farmlands because the average American wont do that job. It works best the way it is.

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      No country No job for anybody.
      Civil war No good for anybody.
      I will do without lettuce
      Grow hemp machine harvest.

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      That’s a worn out illogical point. For years migrant farm workers have been allowed to enter, harvest and return. There are now enough iilegals here to change the face of America to look and feel like Mexico. They have long since passed any number needed to do “the jobs Americans won’t do”, in fact, that was never true. Now, they are taking American jobs away from Americans and when they get a place of authority won’t even talk to Americans seeking employment. We don’t just need a wall, we need to deport, deport, deport and deport some more. It isn’t going to stop until we get tough.

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    We agree, that wall needs to be built

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    I read that the migrants coming over the borer are the only ones we can get to pick all the crops we grow in America. The average American will not take that job.

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      You read a very biased article. A little more research would be decidedly helpful!

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      Your reply needs some truth added to it. Americans cant afford to take jobs in the agricultural fields. Let me explain. When your new employer says he will pay you twenty dollars an hour(800 weekly), does that mean you will take home 800 a week? No, because they will take out taxes, social security, insurance, etc. When Pedro comes along, the new boss tells him I will pay you 13 dollars an hour under the table. Will there be any deductions taken out on his gross pay. No! So there is an amoral benefit for the employer and immigrant worker that American worker don’t have benefit to. So you need to realize that aspect of it too, if you say Americans don’t want to take those jobs. We cant afford to take those kind of jobs!

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    The hesitation and down right liberal opposition to erecting any type of impenetrable border is what the globalist cabal and American liberals desire. The liberal Democrats want to bring in millions of uneducated voters that they can control and get to the ballot box. The globalist plot is much more diabolical. They want to diminish the influence of white citizens of European ancestry who have created this great country and instead promote the browning of America in order to have more citizens who are easily controlled and less independent. This began in 1965 with legislation passed by Ted Kennedy and was a harbinger of what America is experiencing today.The only way to reverse this is for more white families to birth more children and secondly to bring in more Europeans from the UK, Ireland, Germany,Sweden,etc. In light of the numbers of Muslims who have flooded into Europe we may actually see more Europeans immigrate to the US which could offset the browning of America.

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      Thanks for the article. A great read, very informative.

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    Any enterprising person can find a way around a wall. The French spent huge sums on the Maginot Line and it did nothing except give the French people a false sense of security. Immigration has always been the lifeblood of the USA. Most ethnic groups were despised , feared, and hated when they first arrived. Today their descendants are fully accepted and make America a great and prosperous country. The vast majority of people coming to this country are more than willing to work hard to make a better life for themselves and their children, just as our grandparents and great grandparents did, which benefits us today . All of us, without exception ( unless you’re Native Americans), are descended from immigrants. Immigrants generally are more law abiding than native born Americans, they pay taxes, and they are willing to do the crap jobs that most of us are unwilling to do. Judging people by their skin color or religion makes no logical sense, and is self defeating in the long run. In my opinion, everyone deserves a fair chance to make good; given that opportunity, most will try their best.

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      Car washes and fast food jobs in my area and the area I grew up (different state) were manned by high school and college students. Now I see 35-40 year old hispanic men, who then, due to the hourly pay, qualify for social services. In SW states, obtaining fake IDs (stolen identities) is easy and inexpensive. Many small businesses in the trades, like laying tile, home renovations, landscaping, can hire illegals for cash under the table, so no, no taxes paid. Shocking is that it’s illegal to ask for immigration status when enrolling children in public schools, resulting in illegals getting educated on actual taxpayers nickel. Ranchers in southern AZ have had buildings vandalized, fences cut, trash left behind, and a few – murdered. Human traffickers and drug runners for cartels run through AZ regularly. Violent gang members and gun runners funnel through AZ and Texas, then on to the rest of the country. If someone wants to apply to come to the US, and are vetted, I will give them a fair chance.

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      That is completely false and the factual numbers prove it, we are getting violent criminal element coming and going with impunity after committing crimes. Native Americans are much more law abiding. Anybody willing to enter illegally has already displayed a criminal mind set.

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    good fences make good neighbors!

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    For those of us who are long-time firearms aficionados, you might remember names like Col. Charles Askins, Jr., Bill Jordan and Skeeter Skelton, all of whom were legendary, even mythical, and heroic members of the US Border Patrol from the late 1940s up until the early 1970s. Askins was notorious for shooting first and asking for papers later. Some have speculated he may have killed as many as 200 illegals attempting to flee his grasp. All three had engaged in hundreds of gun battles during their careers. I sorely miss reading about these men’s exploits. This illegal immigration crap has been going on for a very, very, very long time; it is not a phenomenon of the recent past. We’re late in building the wall, but it needs to be built NOW nonetheless. Trump is willing to compromise with this DACA crap, offering more than even Obama did. But I guarantee the Dems will excrete kittens in order to deny us the wall. Bastards. I sure miss the good old days of Askins, Jordan and Skelton. We could sure use more men like them today.

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      We have a lot of these three men here in the USA> They are called “VETS”!!!!!! I for one would shoot first and then forget about the papers…. If they are heading NORTH, shoot, going South leave then alone!!!!!!

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    I agree with a large majority of your comments. We need the wall!!! But in the meantime, how about this? Dig a BIG DITCH, 25 feet deep, 50 feet wide, And fill it with Razor wire! Some have suggested a .50 caliber machine gun every 50 feet, but that might be too expensive in the long run. With the ditch, it will be there, and it can get rusty, and they can try to come in, if they can survive the FALL, the SLICING, And the CLIMB!!!

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