Our national discussion about the border wall often includes two (over) simplifications:
- We have an “open border”
- A wall is universally the best solution
For example, the GOP 2016 party platform said,
The border wall must cover the entirety of the southern border and must be sufficient to stop both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
Neither of those is particularly realistic. Perhaps the best way to see this is to read accounts from those who know the border best.
The following site is a web site from two women who recently hiked from San Diego to the Gulf of Mexico following the US/Mexico border. It isn’t explicitly political but does provide a good perspective on state of the current border and the variety in both the border and the existing fences.
There is a similar but different account from a guy who recently bicycled between the same points: San Diego to the Gulf of Mexico.