It’s Your Turn-Design and Submit a Border Security Plan
It is entirely possible that our president, Donald Trump, wants zero immigration at the southern border, plans to accept zero asylum seekers at our southern border, and doesn’t want to honor any BCC’s or Border Crossing Cards. He wants to block off South America and Mexico and other nearby neighbors completely so that those nations, in a sense, cease to exist. If this is the case, then only a concrete wall will suffice and sophisticated border security with lots of digital bells and whistles will be totally unnecessary. Brute force and the wall, that will stop everyone (maybe).
There are several problems with 45’s plan. For one thing his plan ignores our current immigration laws and the court rulings that have upheld those laws – thus Trump’s derision of the 9thcircuit courts. Soon the Supreme Court will decide if the ways Trump has used immigration law will become acceptable. Another difficulty is geography. There are places along the border where it will be impossible to build a wall without leveling mountains, a very expensive proposition. A wall will not only stop most people; it will stop animal migration, which could have unknown environmental effects. And then there is the eminent domain problem, and the fact that the border runs down the middle of a river and through a desert (more geography), the problem that some border towns don’t want it, and the problem that humans are ingenious (people will find work-arounds like tunnels).
So, if you are a Trumper, zero immigration over our southern border probably sounds good to you, and you don’t want to feel like a sucker who chanted ‘wall’ with such verve and zest for nothing. I don’t believe Trumpers are as frightened of an invasion of terrorists and gangs as they say they are. Perhaps they enjoy being perverse to anyone who leans left. Trumpers have such fun telling off a few libtards and watching them attempt to use reason against irrational convictions.
If you happen be someone who believes a wall is old technology, or will be ineffective, or is a waste of taxpayer money then your own defense right now is in the hands of one tiny grandmother, Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives, who is in a pitched battle with Trump right this very moment. 800,000 people are working or not working but still have federal jobs with no pay because Trump has shut down the government and will not reopen it until Nancy Pelosi and the Dems in the House agree to give him the initial down payment on that ill-conceived wall. Pelosi says that since the government is shut down she will not expect her people to come up with plans for border security that don’t involve a wall. Trump will speak to the nation again tomorrow. Will he end the shutdown?
Well, whether he does that or not, I say we have a lot of talent out here in America. If you have great ideas, come up with a plan for border security that doesn’t involve a wall, and send a copy to Donald Trump, a copy to Nancy Pelosi, and a copy to Mitch McConnell. Flood Washington with plans for border security. Let the paper flow. Use pictures as much as possible, because 45 is not literate and has no patience with words.
Here are some facts to get you started. Most of this information is from Wikipedia. If you don’t trust the source there are lots of other sources on the internet.
****If you like graphics rather than words thanks to the Washington Post you are in luck. Skip to the **** at the end of this post.
The border is 1,954 miles long from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.
The border extends (by agreement) 12 miles into the Gulf of Mexico and 18 miles into the Pacific Ocean.
Border details are the province of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC).
Where there is no river to act as a boundary there are monuments set into the landscape at regular intervals.
American states along the border are California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas.
Mexican states along the border are Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas.
There are 48 US-Mexico Border Crossings with 330 ports of entry.
“At these points of entry, people trying to get into the U.S. are required to open their bags for inspection. Border crossings take place by roads, pedestrian walkways, railroads and ferries. From west to east, below is a list of the border city “twinnings”; cross-border municipalities connected by one or more legal border crossings.
- San Diego, California(San Ysidro) – Tijuana, Baja California (San Diego–Tijuana Metro)
- Cross Border Xpress, Otay Mesa, California– Tijuana International Airport, Baja California
- Otay Mesa, California– Tijuana, Baja California
- Tecate, California– Tecate, Baja California
- Calexico, California– Mexicali, Baja California
- Andrade, California– Los Algodones, Baja California
- San Luis, Arizona– San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora
- Lukeville, Arizona– Sonoyta, Sonora
- Sasabe, Arizona– Altar, Sonora
- Nogales, Arizona– Nogales, Sonora
- Naco, Arizona– Naco, Sonora
- Douglas, Arizona– Agua Prieta, Sonora
- Antelope Wells, New Mexico– El Berrendo, Chihuahua
- Columbus, New Mexico– Palomas, Chihuahua
- Santa Teresa, New Mexico– San Jerónimo, Chihuahua
- El Paso, Texas– Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua (El Paso-Juarez)
- Fabens, Texas– Práxedis G. Guerrero, Chihuahua municipality
- Fort Hancock, Texas– El Porvenir, Chihuahua
- Presidio, Texas– Ojinaga, Chihuahua
- Heath Canyon, Texas– La Linda, Coahuila (closed)
- Del Rio, Texas– Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila
- Eagle Pass, Texas– Piedras Negras, Coahuila
- Laredo, Texas– Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
- Laredo, Texas– Colombia, Nuevo León
- Falcon Heights, Texas– Presa Falcón, Tamaulipas
- Roma, Texas– Ciudad Miguel Alemán, Tamaulipas
- Rio Grande City, Texas– Ciudad Camargo, Tamaulipas
- Los Ebanos, Texas– Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, Tamaulipas
- Mission, Texas– Reynosa, Tamaulipas
- Hidalgo, Texas– Reynosa, Tamaulipas
- Pharr, Texas– Reynosa, Tamaulipas
- Donna, Texas– Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas
- Progreso, Texas– Nuevo Progreso, Tamaulipas
- Los Indios, Texas– Matamoros, Tamaulipas
- Brownsville, Texas– Matamoros, Tamaulipas”
The total population of the borderlands—defined as those counties and municipios lining the border on either side—stands at some 12 million people.
What is Already in Place
The US Immigration Act of 1924 established the Border Patrol.
In June 2018 a facial recognition system is being installed.
Our border control strategies have had considerable success:
Operation Gatekeeper in San Diego, CA
Operation Hold the Line in El Paso, TX
Operation Rio Grande in McAllen, TX
Operation Safeguard in Tucson, AZ
There is also the Arizona Border Control Initiative (ABCI) along the Arizona border.
As of 2010 there are more than 20,000 border agents.
Our southern border has the highest number of legal crossings of any land border in the world.
Our border patrol only covers 1,100 miles of border (out of 1,954).
We have the ability to stop or prevent illegal entries along 129 miles of border.
We also have a system of parallel checkpoints within 25 – 75 miles of the border in America, and within 50 miles of the border in Mexico.
Illegal entries are about 350,000 per year since 2007.
America has made $395 billion from undocumented labor.
The Secure Fence Act of 2006 called for the construction of 700 miles of high-security fencing.
The Mexican government and various US-based organizations oppose extending the fence.
# of deaths along the border has steadily increased as people try dangerous places to seek entry unnoticed.
June, 2018 began the policy of separating parents from children at the border.
Also in June, asylum seekers were turned away and told that the US has no room for them. These matters are now in the courts.
Within 100 miles of the border is a designated border zone established by the US Dept. of Justice. Officials have the right to stop and search anyone within the zone. They can enter private property without a warrant within 25 miles of the border. And they may establish interior checkpoints in the zone.
There are some limits on Customs and Border Protection that allow searches of vehicles only with a warrant and do not allow pulling people over using profiling, but these limits are routinely ignored.
And we have Operation Streamline which includes zero-tolerance policies and permission to expedite removal of undocumented immigrants.
That’s what we already have at the border.
Now go, make a valid plan – use a map with short notes, or an infographic, or engineering and computing suggestions, or use any skill you possess to come up with a viable border security plan that keeps illegal entry down to an absolute minimum.
Make 3 copies to send to:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500
1236 Longworth HOB (House Office Building)
Washington, DC 20515
317 Russell Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510-0001
You can also send to the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Judiciary Committee if you like redundancy.
I keep imagining that we build a great wall at the behest of our fearful leader and then aliens land in Canada and we try to run South to escape them and we either come up against the ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, or the wall. If this seem too far-fetched an image, what if what we have to run from is extreme flooding or extreme weather? Could we migrate out of America by foot if there was an impenetrable wall between the US and Mexico?
Thank you Wikipedia.
Photo Credit: From a Google Image Search – mapmanusa.com
****Wow! Be sure to take a look at this flyover graphic of the entire US border with Mexico; it shows why blocking migration across our Southern border, legal or illegal, is so difficult to manage.