Past Features

January 2, 2016

More Texas Border Fence BS
Ignoring Simple Solutions

Fox News Latino -- January 1 2016 
Completing border wall is daunting task in Texas, where most land is privately owned
    Brownsville -- Close to the southern tip of Texas a border wall suddenly ends. Its final post sits in a dry cornfield half a mile from the nearest bend in the Rio Grande river, the actual border with Mexico.
    It would be easy to walk around it. Tires left by the border patrol rest nearby. Agents drag them behind trucks to smooth the cracked earth and check for footprints.
    Unlike other famous barriers in history such as the Berlin Wall or the Great Wall of China, the U.S. version is not much of a wall. What stands in Texas is fragmented series of fencing, composed of enormous steel bars embedded in concrete close together. The rust-colored thick bars that must reach a height of 18 feet loom over the landscape, forming teeth-like slats that split farmland, slice through backyards, and sever parks and nature preserves.
    There are miles of gaps between segments and openings in the fence itself. As a result of the Secure Fence Act passed in 2006, the government built some 650 miles of wall along the 1,954-mile U.S.-Mexico boundary. While 1,254 miles of that border is in Texas, the state has only some 100 miles of wall. [...]
    Othal E. Brand Jr., the president of the Hidalgo County Water District 3, which supplies water to the McAllen area, pointed out where the fence separated a 20-acre reservoir from two pumping stations, which sit behind it along a bend in the Rio Grande. Brand said this land, adjacent to a wilderness reserve, was for years overrun by nighttime crossers and that smugglers threatened and even shot at his employees.
    "The wall is only part of the solution," he said, "but it's an important part."

Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol    
The Levee -- and Me
    Fox News Latino tells us how difficult it would be to build a fence along the Rio Grande. Nowhere in their story do they mention that our government had planned to build much of the fence along a 500-mile levee that parallels the Rio Grande River, but Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison stopped the work. Nor do they mention that Barack Obama failed to install gates on the fencing that was built, making it next-to-useless.
    There are ways to help secure the Texas border until a wall is built, but that would involve talking to me --- and that is verboten.