Past Features

May 26, 2016

Trump's Border Wall problem
If Mexico pays for the wall, is it the customer?

Glenn Spencer -- American Patrol Report -- May 26, 2016  
Trump should set border goals
    Donald Trump got a lot of primary voters to support him because of his promise to build a wall on the border with Mexico.
    He got a lot of mileage out of asking his rally audiences: Who is going to pay for that wall? The crowds yelled out --- MEXICO!
     Mr. Trump has posted details as to how Mexico will pay for the wall.
    There is a problem here --- if Mexico pays for the wall, isn't it the customer? What if Mexico says the cost is too high? Will a President Trump negotiate with them? How will Mexico know that the wall does its job? Does it care?
    The American people do not mind paying for the border wall - it is a drop in the bucket of our national budget. What the American people do mind is politicians who promise to secure the border and fail to do so.
    Many of our past efforts have failed due to lack of accountability.
    Donald Trump should drop the idea of having Mexico pay for the border wall and concentrate on defining exactly what border security is.
    Our present law establishes the goal of DHS.
    In this section, the term "operational control" means the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States
    Donald Trump needs to define a metric for measuring operational control of the border.
    He then should set a specific numerical goal to be achieved by a time certain.