Past Features

August 6, 2017

More Bullsh*t from Congress?
Odds are very good

Fox News -- August 5, 2017
Trump's border wall, immigration plans re-emerge at top of national debate
    President Trump's campaign promise to build a border wall is again starting to galvanize Washington after months of taking a back seat to ObamaCare and the investigation into Russian election meddling.
    The Republican-led Congress in recent days has introduced bills that would put tens of billions of dollars toward completing a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. [...]
    On Thursday, Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the chamber's No. 2 Republican, introduced a bill that would include spending $15 billion over roughly four years on border security and a proposed wall.
    The wall would combine a physical structure and technology to stop or at least slow the influx of illegal immigrants into the United States. And the bill would help pay for thousands of new judges, immigration officials and border agents that Trump wants to hire.
    The bill also calls for a “massive” increase in resources at U.S. ports of entry and a national system for tracking people entering and exiting the country, according to Cornyn's office.
    “For too long law enforcement on the front lines haven't had the tools they need to stop the flow of illegal immigration, and this bill will provide both the resources and plan to finally secure the border,” Cornyn said. [...]
    Last week, Texas GOP Rep. Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, introduced a bill with an estimated cost of at least $15 billion that includes a physical wall, thousands more border agents and deploying the so-called “Biometric Entry-Exit System.”
    “Securing our borders is first and foremost a national security issue,” said McCaul, who reportedly worked with Cornyn on the legislation. “Illegal immigrants, smugglers, and drug cartels continue to infiltrate our country. So we must quickly secure the homeland through infrastructure, technology and personnel.”

Glenn Spencer -- August 6, 2017
Don't confuse the issue
Two years ago I said that candidate Trump was wrong about the wall.
   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
    In the time it will take to debate various border security bills, we could install a system that would tell the president, and Congress, the true situation on the border --- how many people get past the US Border Patrol and where this is happening. This would guide decisions and evaluate solutions.
    A comprehensive approach involving ports of entry would make arriving at a metric of success almost impossible.
    Some in the swamp like this idea because avoids the pesky issue of effective border accountability.