Past Features

December 2, 2016

Reporting the truth about
the "Trump Wall"

A real challenge for Newsweek

Newsweek
Texas-Mexico Border Fence Signals Challenges Ahead for Trump's Wall
    The rust-colored border security fence starts in a dusty field on the Loop family farm in South Texas --- about 15 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico and a mile north of the southern U.S. border.
    From there, near Brownsville, it stretches about 60 miles west, but with plenty of gaps to drive or walk through. Where it exists, the fence doesn't always stop illegal immigrants.
    "It takes them about a minute and a half to climb the wall," said farmer Ray Loop, noting the muddy footprints on several sections of the fence crossing his property.
    The porous South Texas border fence, authorized in 2006, underscores how topography, treaty obligations, legal fights and high costs could frustrate efforts to stretch an “impenetrable” wall over the 2,000-mile border --- the signature campaign promise of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.
    The South Texas barrier is "more holes than it is fence," said Denise Gilman, a law professor and director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas at Austin.

Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol
Fake News
    Newsweek fails to mention that the fence mentioned as on the Loop family farm is actually built on top of a levee. The environmental report covering the proposed fence states:
    “For much of its length, the proposed tactical infrastructure would follow the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) levee along the Rio Grande.”
    (Go here to see what the Texas border fence looked like in 2009.)
    Would treaty obligations stop Trump from completing the fence on the rest of the levee? Probably not. And how about legal fights? For using the levee?
   High costs? Not if he's careful.
    A University of Texas law professor says that the barrier is, "more holes than it is a fence," but Newsweek fails to mention that most of the levee has no fencing at all, and gates designed to allow farmers in and keep illegal aliens out were never installed.
    Newsweek reports that a farmer had seen muddy footprints near the fence. ABP has reported on the use of technology to detect such intrusions, but, due to Newsweek's blackout of our work, the public is unaware of this possible solution.
    Instead of real solutions such as those offered by ABP, Newsweek feeds its readers fake news.

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