Past Features

January 25, 2017

Getting money to start the "wall"
But what type of wall?

"The wall should reach about five feet underground to deter tunneling, and should terminate about 20 feet above grade to deter climbing." --- Why wall is implausible
Fox News -- January 25
Trump to order construction of US-Mexican border wall; reportedly to suspend refugee program
    President Trump today is expected to order the construction of his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexican border and take other actions on immigration, a main cornerstone of his presidential campaign.
    Trump is planning a visit to the Department of Homeland Security, where he will roll out executive actions on immigration.
    Staying true to form, Trump took to Twitter Tuesday night, and posted, “Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!”
    Trump's push for a border wall started with his campaign announcement back in June 2015.
    "I would build a Great Wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I'll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border and I will have Mexico pay for that wall, mark my words," Trump said at the time.

Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol
Eagerly awaiting design details
    On June 16, 2015, presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would build a wall on the Mexican border.
    On July 9, 2015, I said he was wrong about the wall.
    I was concerned about the ability of the Border Patrol to see through a wall, and the lack of a metric to guide decisions.
    I suggested that he start by finishing the Secure Fence Act of 2006.
    Since then, others have expressed concern over an opaque wall --- and some have suggested he start by finishing the Secure Fence Act fence. I have also raised questions regarding flood control for a wall.
    They say the Army Corps of Engineers is designing the new wall. I can't imagine that they would recommend a solid structure, but they may --- of some sort.
    Finally, at his confirmation to head DHS, Gen. Kelly responded to a question this way:
    42. The DHS Border Security Metrics Act was included in the National Defense Authorization Act. These requirements call on DHS to create consistent, transparent, informative metrics to measure the security across all of our borders. If confirmed, will you commit to work diligently to deploy these metrics?
   Should I be confirmed, I will.
    I don't question President Trump's sincerity, but I am confused and eagerly await design details.