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March 1, 2017

Time to get real
Call it a fence and define success


Glenn Spencer -- March 1
Stop playing the semantics game
    This is from ABP's home page on June 9, 2015
     If Donald Trump went before his board of directors and said he was going to build fifty new shopping centers in Beijing without saying how this would affect profits he would be laughed out of the room.
    The same applies to border security. By saying he would build a wall along the US-Mexico border without saying what it would achieve, he has made a number of mistakes. As any US Border Patrol agent would tell you, they cannot see through a wall and that is a security risk.
    If anything, we need a double-layered fence as called for in the Secure Fence Act of 2006, but was killed by Sen. Hutchinson. (Trump can see what they actually built here.)
    More importantly, we need a border metric that will tell us if we have achieved the level of security the people want. [...]
If Donald Trump wants to do something right away, he might start by finishing the 700-mile double-layered fence already approved by Congress (including Sen. Barack Obama) - as he moves to install a border accounting system.
     A wall is "a continuous vertical brick or stone structure that encloses or divides an area of land."
    Even his DHS Secretary is opposed to Trump's 'wall' in this sense --- it must be transparent.
    President Trump took my advice and invoked the Secure Fence Act as the legal authority for his 'wall'.
    Now he should call his wall a fence and define a success metric, i.e., a border accounting system.
    It is time for President Trump to stop playing the semantics game and tell us how we will know if his border fence is doing the job.

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