A story about what happens when a border wall prototype was tested with a steel saw.
The figured being suggested for border wall funding are large.
Corruption has been found in some of the past border wall building efforts.
Recent court filings in a case brought by Hidalgo County against a former employee who oversaw construction of a Bush-era border barrier allege a vast kickback scheme worked out over drinks and steak dinners.
Some have gone so far as to question whether Trump or Trump cronys might personally profit.
Trump's entire career has been mired in corruption. Why should his ludicrous border wall be any different?
Certainly an area to keep an eye out, even among some of the recent companies involved with border wall prototypes.
Another drug tunnel was recently found near Nogales.
There are nine congressional districts along the US/Mexico border. All of them have representatives who oppose a border wall from sea to sea. Many of them are willing to discuss notions of ‘border security’ but are careful to point out that the wall is not border security.
Will Hurd is interesting as the only Republican of the nine as well as the representative that has the longest stretch of border. His district also has some of the most remote and desolate places. The article below describes reasons behind his views including impacts on local communities and overall effectiveness.
This is now a new-found view for Hurd. He even won a close election in his district in 2018 while defending this view.
There is a gofundme campaign to raise money for ladders to get over the wall.
The effort is somewhat tongue in cheek and also a reaction to the separate gofundme that was supposed to raise money for the wall.
That particular effort recently announced it was refunding all the money. You can read their rationale below, though it is curious how realistic they were at the outset.
Brian Kolfage launched an ambitious GoFundMe campaign to raise $1 billion for the proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall. The campaign, titled "We The People Will Build the Wall," raised $20 million from 337,518 people in 25 days, and has been shared nearly 100,000 times. Now, all the funds will be returned.
It was also later pointed out this was a good way of harvesting email contact information.
Brian Kolfage, the man who started a GoFundMe to raise money for the border wall, has reportedly been running a shadowy email-harvesting operation.
Recent NPR program
The Trump administration says there is a national security crisis at the Southern border. But most people in the country illegally didn't sneak across the border; they overstayed their visas.
this references data that was published last year from the Department of Homeland Security.
Remember the Secure Fence Act of 2006. If you read the text
it is pretty specific about having the DHS work towards at least two layers of fencing all the way from 15 miles before Laredo to the Brownsville port of entry.
However, as one travels the border in that area, not only is the area incomplete but one really doesn’t see border fencing.
What happened? An important clue comes from the following year as this article explains:
A United States Border Patrol vehicle is stationed between the primary and secondary fences along the US-Mexico border Monday in San Diego. Tijuana, Mexico, is to the left of the fence. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
This was modified the following year by an amendment added to the 2007 appropriations bill. The sponsor was TX Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and co-sponsored by all the other senators of states along the Mexico border (TX, NM, AZ, CA), five Republicans and three Democrats in total.
The amendment gave DHS much more leeway on how the border might be secured and also said DHS needed to consult with local communities along the border.
A good example of how if you don’t have local support, something that looks attractive on TV may not really happen the way you expect.
Building a border wall will likely involve taking private land, potentially a lot of land. When the landowners don’t want to sell, the government can invoke eminent domain.
The following site provides background of what happened in one such famous case of Kelo vs. New London. The outcome of that case also strengthened a backlash and potentially eminent domain laws in the US.
Susette Kelo dreamed of owning a home that looked out over the water. She purchased and lovingly restored her little pink house where the Thames River meets the Long Island Sound in 1997, and had enjoyed the great view from its windows. The Dery family, up the street from Susette, had lived in Fort Trumbull…
As the deadlock over the border wall continues, President Trump has suggested building the wall from steel instead of concrete as a “compromise”.
It is unclear that this particularly alters the politics
or necessarily the engineering parameters
As the government shut down drags on to its third week, the battle for a border wall continues. President Trump is leaning more toward having a steel barrier versus the proposed concrete wall. Trump is not giving up on his proposed border wall and offered plans of a steel barrier, which he believes makes for…
so from a political perspective this doesn’t look like it changes much.
One person who might benefit however, is Roman Abramovich. Abramovich is a Russian Oligarch who had his assets frozen not long ago
The FBI has reportedly frozen the US assets of Russian oligarch Oleg Desipaska in what is seen as a further tightening of the noose around the necks of President Vladimir Putin’s allies.
However, he still has controlling interests in steel companies in both the US and Canada and has benefited from past decisions such as the Keystone XL pipeline.
One of the unintended side effects of the government shutdown is that the immigration courts are not funded. This delays immigration hearings which will be rescheduled after the government reopens.
As the article below explains, the average backlog for a hearing has grown from 400 days (just over a year) to 718 days (almost two years) in the past decade.
Hundreds of thousands await hearings in the already-congested system. Those delays could help some cases but hurt many others.
These delays and now rescheduling might have an effect in both direction. An asylum seeker, perhaps with a not very strong case, might stay even longer in the US before a judge denies an asylum request. An asylum seeker with a strong case might have have that case become less strong, e.g. if they were providing for a sick dependent who then dies.