Past Features

September 26, 2017

USA Today/Arizona Republic take
a close look at the border problem
Blind to a solution?

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AZ Central Editorial-- September 20, 2017  
Our View: Donald Trump's border wall isn't a solution. It's a slogan
    Building a wall between the United States and Mexico over-simplifies complex issues. It cuts deep into our national identity. It invites unintended negative consequences.
    As a political slogan, it was powerful for Donald Trump.
    As a practical strategy, it falls far short of the kind of thorough approach necessary to deal with decades of inaction on immigration reform.
    Americans need to take a hard look at the facts and consider the bigger picture.
    The USA NETWORK's special report on the impact of the proposed border wall provides the tools to do that.
    Ostensibly, the wall is all about border security, which is critically important. The United States needs to be able to maintain the integrity of its borders. No question. No argument.
    But the actual benefits of a physical wall are unknown and so are the costs. [...]
    What's the cost? And the point? We don't know.
    The Trump Administration has awarded contracts for prototypes of the wall, yet a team of USA TODAY NETWORK journalists could find no analysis of what the actual wall would cost or exactly what it is expected to accomplish.
    Despite years of building border infrastructure, border officials do not have a systematic way to measure the effectiveness of the barriers that have been erected along the border.

Glenn Spencer -- September 21, 2017
You are getting warmer, Arizona Republic --- but someone should whisper "Cochise County"
    There is a game called Hot and Cold where an item is hidden by one player and a blindfolded second player tries to find it using verbal clues such as "You're getting warmer!"
    In its September 20 Editorial Board Report the Arizona Republic emphasized the need to measure border security. "Despite years of building border infrastructure, border officials do not have a systematic way to measure the effectiveness of the barriers that have been erected along the border,” it observed.
    The Arizona Republic seems to be searching for a solution it cant find --- but it's getting warmer.
    It missed the clue when I started searching for a "systematic way" to measure the effectiveness of border barriers --- fourteen years ago.
    No doubt they were looking elsewhere when I gave a paper at a conference at the Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix --- Border Security Can Be Defined And Measured --- six years ago.
    They also missed the story about how Mike King and I got a patent for technology that will do the job.
    The Republic obviously did not hear that I submitted a proposal to DHS/CBP to use a systematic way to guide the development of the border 'wall' --- that would do the job they say isn't being done.
    In the Hot Cold game, "Giving the temperature clues can be more fun if you associate locations. Cold can be "North Pole," and Hot can be "Sahara Desert.”
    The Arizona Republic's search for answers to the border problem might be helped along if someone were to whisper: "Cochise County."

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