Past Features

June 3, 2016

The Border Fence
Will we ever get the truth?
Originally posted on March 11, 2016


Left: Border fence near Santa Teresa according to the Associated Press.
Right: Photo of fence near Santa Teresa according to Operation BEEF.
Associated Press -- June 3, 2016 RERUN 
Can Donald Trump really build 2,000-mile border wall and make Mexico pay for it?
    Can Donald Trump really make good on his promise to build a wall along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexican border to prevent illegal migration? What's more, can he make Mexico pay for it?
    Sure, he can build it, but it's not nearly as simple as he says.
    Constructing the wall, now a signature applause line at Trump campaign rallies, is a complicated endeavor, fraught with difficulties. Numerous bureaucratic, diplomatic, environmental, monetary and logistical hurdles must be overcome.
    And forcing the Mexican government to foot the bill won't be easy, especially since its president has flat-out refused.
    A physical barrier between Mexico and the United States has been tried before.

Glenn Spencer -- American Patrol Report
Victims of the Associated Press
    This AP story about Donald Trump's border wall is so full of inaccuracies and falsehoods, one hardly knows where to begin, but I will try.
    First, the AP says:
    During President George W. Bush's second term, Congress authorized $1.2 billion to build several hundred miles of double-layer fencing, but the government faced myriad obstacles. Private landowners objecting to buyout offers. There were environmental concerns and lawsuits.
    This is total nonsense. The Secure Fence Act waived environmental restrictions.
    The fence wasn't built because Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson stopped it.
    The AP says......
    Some 650 miles of border fencing now sits on the border, including roughly 15-foot tall steel fencing in many urban areas that is designed to stop or slow border crossers on foot and vehicle barriers, which are shorter steel posts filled with cement and planted in the ground.
    Just getting that built was a challenge and a new, taller wall like the one Trump wants would almost certainly face as much, if not more, opposition.
    There are about 190 miles of pedestrian fencing and 150 miles of vehicle barriers on the border.
    Most of the pedestrian fencing is poorly constructed, but not all. Despite what AP says, there is an 18-foot-high fence on my property that works well.
    Ten years ago I started Operation BEEF to tell the truth about the border fence. The Associated Press refused to report on this effort because they wanted to reserve the right to lie about the border.
    Americans are the victims of the Associated Press.

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