Build a wall in sandy soil and people with shovels can burrow underneath. In this case they gave themselves up for asylum shortly after crossing.
What good is a wall if it is only temporary or for show?
Remember those images of troops stringing up razor wire just before the election? Apparently it has been taken down again in Laredo and Hildago.
As one recalls, it was a visible message of having troops at the border. These troops were deployed just a week or two before the 2018 midterms.
The towering metal fence that divides the United States and Mexico at the edge of the Pacific Ocean has an imposing new feature: row upon row of razor wire.
While it may have served public relations purposes, locals pretty quickly branded it as ineffective and dangerous in other ways.
U.S. military troops left Laredo on Monday, leaving behind a trail of concertina razor wire along the border in the event of a future migrant surge.
Not long after they had the chance, the brought it down and their congressman also sent out the note above.
A story today about a tunnel found near San Diego.
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.