January 5, 2017
Wall vs Fence vs virtual fence
Senator Johnson can ask General Kelly
Israel's border 'wall' the model for Trump, Senate
U.S. officials and lawmakers eager to help President-elect Trump make good on his campaign promise to "build a wall" on the Mexico border are looking to the hastily built fence Israel constructed in just two years to stop the flow of illegal immigrants across its southern border.
The "barrier" fence between Israel and Egypt was built from 2011 to 2013 after thousands of Africans surged in, similar to what is happening on the U.S.-Mexico border now. The fence is made of hard-to-cut metal rods, topped with razor wire and enhanced with technology to identify break-ins.
"It's a very effective fence," said Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. [...]
The senator said a see-through fence is key. "You want to see what's happening so that you can respond. The fence stops people from quickly entering, gives border patrol agents time to respond, and as a result it's been incredibly successful," he said.
Questions for General Kelly
On Wednesday, January 11, Senator Johnson's Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of General John Kelly to be Secretary of Homeland Security.
1. Does Gen. Kelly agree that the job of the Department of Homeland Security is to establish operational control of the border --- as defined in the Secure Fence Act of 2006?
2. If so, how does he propose to know if the means employed to achieve operational control (wall, fencing, virtual fencing, etc.) is doing the job?
3. Will he regularly report to Congress on the degree of operational control achieved?