Trump's Wall: Needed Se­cu­rity, Mon­u­ment to Stu­pid­ity or Some­thing Else?

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Don­ald Trump promised in his cam­paign for U.S. Pres­i­dent to build a wall be­tween the United States and Mexico and make Mexico pay for it. It seems that he will keep his prom­ise to build the wall but it will be the Amer­i­can taxpayers who pay for it, not Mexico.

On or about March 6, 2017 the Dept. of Home­land Se­cu­rity, Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion (CBP) will is­sue a pro­cure­ment so­lic­i­ta­tion for the de­sign and con­struc­tion of sev­eral pro­to­type wall struc­tures near the bor­der with Mexico.

Con­trac­tors will have only un­til March 10 to sub­mit a con­cept pa­per. The con­cepts will be eval­u­ated and se­lected con­trac­tors will be no­ti­fied by March 20 and then have only un­til March 24th to sub­mit their for­mal pro­posal with pric­ing. Mul­ti­ple con­tract awards are ex­pected to be made by mid April.

Once con­structed, each pro­to­type will be eval­u­ated and then con­tracts will be is­sued for the re­main­der of the bor­der.

Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary John Kelly pre­vi­ously stated that the wall will be fin­ished within two years but an in­ter­nal Home­land Se­cu­rity re­port es­ti­mated that it would take three years and cost $21.6 bil­lion. His­tory has shown that with large fed­er­ally funded projects the fi­nal cost can be at least dou­ble what the gov­ern­ment ini­tially es­ti­mates and take more than twice as long to com­plete. So, the ul­ti­mate cost could be as high as $50 bil­lion and take more than 5 years to com­plete.

In ad­di­tion to the con­struc­tion costs there will be the cost to main­tain the wall and the ad­di­tional se­cu­rity sys­tems and staff that the wall will re­quire. Peo­ple will try to scale the wall, throw things over it and tun­nel un­der it.

Given the low level of ef­fi­ciency and high de­gree of cor­rup­tion and in­com­pe­tence of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, the con­tin­ued cost of the wall will be sub­stan­tial.

Is a Wall Needed?

Trump jus­ti­fies the wall by claim­ing a wall would keep out drugs, ter­ror­ists, il­le­gal im­mi­grants, rapists and other crim­i­nals.

The United States cer­tainly should se­cure its bor­ders and while a wall may de­ter some of those on foot who would en­ter the United States il­le­gally, it won't keep drugs or po­ten­tial at­tack­ers out.

Drugs are al­ready be­ing de­liv­ered from Mexico and other coun­tries by air­craft, cars, trucks and boats. Very few drugs are fer­ried across on foot so the wall won't re­duce the avail­abil­ity of drugs in the United States.

As long as Amer­i­cans con­tinue to buy il­licit drugs, the drugs will be trans­ported into the coun­try one way or an­other.

Some­one de­ter­mined to kill Amer­i­cans in the U.S. in re­tal­i­a­tion for Amer­i­can war crimes abroad or any other rea­son, will not be de­terred by a wall on the bor­der with Mexico. They can en­ter the U.S. by plane on a forged or stolen pass­port, by boat or just walk across the Cana­dian bor­der.

The 5,525 mile (8,891 km) Cana­dian bor­der and Amer­ica's 13,000 miles (21,000 km) of coast­line will re­main a rel­a­tively easy way into the U.S. for any­one de­ter­mined to en­ter.

The best way to re­duce the po­ten­tial for a ter­ror­ist at­tack is stop sup­port­ing ter­ror­ists and the sources of ter­ror­ism. The Amer­i­can war in­dus­try cre­ates ter­ror­ists, funds them and man­u­fac­tures con­flict to jus­tify its ex­is­tence and siphon off vast sums from the Amer­i­can taxpayers. Amer­ica's war in­dus­try costs taxpayers nearly $1 tril­lion ev­ery year. The Pen­tagon re­fuses to ac­count for nearly $10 tril­lion in tax dol­lars, even though it is re­quired to do so and has been or­dered to do so nu­mer­ous times by Congress.

Ev­ery cow­ardly and il­le­gal mur­der-by-drone of in­no­cent women and chil­dren cre­ates more peo­ple who hate the United States and would kill Amer­i­cans if they could. Build­ing a wall on the bor­der with Mexico won't stop some­one from tar­get­ing Amer­i­cans. Chang­ing Amer­ica's preda­tory and mur­der­ous for­eign pol­icy is the only way to re­duce the po­ten­tial for re­tal­i­a­tion.

In re­al­ity, il­le­gal im­mi­grants aren't a big prob­lem for the United States. Most come to the U.S. to work and find em­ploy­ment and even pay taxes. They do the work that most na­tive-born Amer­i­cans won't do and con­trib­ute bil­lions of dol­lars in value to the U.S. econ­omy each year.

While there are ex­cep­tions, the data show that im­mi­grants ac­tu­ally com­mit fewer crimes than na­tive-born Amer­i­cans. On av­er­age, large cities with sub­stan­tial im­mi­grant pop­u­la­tions have lower crime rates than those with min­i­mal im­mi­grant pop­u­la­tions.

The num­ber of un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants has al­ready de­clined on its own, from a peak of 12.2 mil­lion in 2007 to 11.1 mil­lion in 2014. Most of the de­cline is from Mex­i­cans, whose num­bers dropped from 6.9 mil­lion in 2007 to the 5.8 mil­lion as of the last es­ti­mate.

A large por­tion of il­le­gal im­mi­grants are those who come on visas or from coun­tries that don't re­quire a visa and sim­ply don't leave when they are sup­posed to. Most of them ar­rive by plane as tourists.

Ex­ist­ing bor­der pa­trols and se­cu­rity tech­nolo­gies al­ready en­sure that most who cross the bor­der il­le­gally are ap­pre­hended. Sim­ply adding more bor­der pa­trol agents and im­mi­gra­tion judges would re­duce the num­ber of new il­le­gals and help clear the back­log of 1 mil­lion who are await­ing de­por­ta­tion, which Trump is try­ing to do.

Il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion from the Mex­i­can bor­der is caused pri­mar­ily by Amer­i­can for­eign pol­icy and the CIA'S sup­port of the drug trade and more re­cently, cli­mate change.

Most Cen­tral Amer­i­cans and Mex­i­cans come to the United States be­cause their own coun­tries are a mess, dan­ger­ous and of­fer no eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties. Their coun­tries are a mess be­cause:

1. The U.S. has re­peat­edly over­thrown demo­crat­i­cally elected gov­ern­ments and re­placed them with those that serve only the in­ter­est of the CIA and select cor­po­ra­tions. The last Cen­tral Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment over­thrown by the U.S. was Hon­duras, be­cause the Pres­i­dent wanted to raise the min­i­mum wage and was friendly to Venezuela.

2. The Cia-backed drug trade and drug gangs cre­ated by the CIA prey upon Mexico, Hon­duras, Gu­atemala and El Sal­vador. For some young men and boys, the only way to avoid be­ing killed or forced to join one of the gangs is to leave the coun­try.

The best way to re­duce il­le­gal mi­grants into the U.S. is to end the drug gangs by le­gal­iz­ing nar­cotics and al­low the peo­ple of Mexico and Cen­tral Amer­ica to have good gov­ern­ment of their own choos­ing.

The money spent build­ing the wall could in­stead build long-term pros­per­ity in Cen­tral Amer­ica and even draw Mex­i­cans south in­stead of north into the U.S.

Since a wall is not re­ally needed now and won't make much of a dif­fer­ence, why build a wall in the first place?

To un­der­stand the men­tal­ity of wall builders it helps to con­sider who builds walls and why.

Ber­lin Wall: The wall be­tween East and West Ger­many was built by Sovi­ets to keep their own peo­ple from cross­ing into West Ger­many to es­cape the bru­tal­ity and eco­nomic de­spair cre­ated by the Soviet sys­tem and helped con­ceal the fail­ings of Soviet com­mu­nism.

Is­rael: Is­rael built its wall to sep­a­rate it­self phys­i­cally from the Pales­tini­ans they op­press and pro­tect il­le­gal Israeli set­tle­ments in Pales­tine. The wall en­com­passes nearly 10 per­cent of the Pales­tinian West Bank and in­cludes prime agri­cul­tural land and strate­gic wa­ter re­serves. It is not re­ally a se­cu­rity wall but a wall to shield Is­rael's crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity and cul­ture of ha­tred and cru­elty to­wards non-jews.

Cyprus: The wall be­tween the Greek and Turk­ish sides of Cyprus is pri­mar­ily a cul­tural wall that is in place be­cause Greek Cypri­ots and Turk­ish Cypri­ots won't get along with each other. It pro­tects nei­ther side and hin­ders the econ­omy of both sides. The wall is a mon­u­ment to the stu­pid­ity of both par­ties and badge of dis­honor for Turkey, which is the main ob­sta­cle.

Many of the walls be­tween na­tions or groups are a re­sult of cul­tural, so­cial and po­lit­i­cal fail­ure on the part of those build­ing the wall.

Trump's mo­ti­va­tion for build­ing the wall is par­tially be­cause he said that he was go­ing to do it and wants to be seen as fol­low­ing through on his cam­paign prom­ises, un­like most other politi­cians who will say any­thing to get elected and then be­tray vot­ers as soon as they are in of­fice.

The rea­son that the wall be­came a cam­paign is­sues is be­cause it was highly ef­fec­tive. Many Repub­li­can vot­ers re­spond best to sim­ple mes­sages that res­onate with their fear and anger. They see their eco­nomic and so­cial priv­i­lege and power be­ing re­duced and emo­tion­ally need to blame some­one. Im­mi­grants were an easy tar­get and a big wall to keep them out is a sim­ple so­lu­tion they can un­der­stand. Mak­ing Mexico pay for it was just the ic­ing on the yummy emo­tional cake.

For Trump, the wall is also an is­sue of ego. He likes to build large fancy things and put his name on them to show the world how cool he is. It helps dis­place the deep in­se­cu­rity he feels and feeds his nar­cis­sism. So, a Trump wall is a mon­u­ment to Trump, a sym­bol of his power and might.

An­other po­ten­tial pur­pose for the wall is the one that Amer­i­cans should be most con­cerned about. What if the wall is not only to keep peo­ple out but to also keep peo­ple in, just like the Ber­lin wall?

This is no longer a rad­i­cal or ex­treme con­cept.

Amer­ica has not been a democ­racy for a long time and the Oli­garchy we cur­rently have is shift­ing rapidly to­wards fas­cism. The peo­ple who have gained con­trol over the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and many state gov­ern­ments have no re­gard for the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion or democ­racy. They want power and con­trol and are al­ready tar­get­ing those who op­pose them.

Trump was in vi­o­la­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tion from day one. Since 2001, Congress has con­tin­ued to pass laws that vi­o­late the Con­sti­tu­tion. States such as Ari­zona reg­u­larly pass laws that vi­o­late the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion.

Fas­cism arises when a ma­jor seg­ment of the pop­u­la­tion feels a deep so­cial and eco­nomic in­se­cu­rity and pow­er­less­ness. A por­tion of the pop­u­la­tion wants a strong gov­ern­ment that will tell them what to do and pro­tect them from per­ceived threats.

Gov­ern­ment op­pres­sion in the U.S. is al­ready at alarm­ing lev­els and it isn't just pro­test­ers and ac­tivists who are be­ing tar­geted. Jour­nal­ists and even medics who were present at demon­stra­tions dur­ing Trump's inau­gu­ra­tion have been charged with felony ri­ot­ing even though they were not ri­ot­ing or even par­tic­i­pat­ing in the protests.

Ari­zona just tried to pass a bill in di­rect vi­o­la­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tion that makes pretty much any type of pub­lic protest a felony.

As more Amer­i­cans wake up to the idea that their great­est en­emy and threat to their coun­try is their own gov­ern­ment, vi­o­lent revo­lu­tion and civil war be­comes not just a dis­tinct pos­si­bil­ity but a prob­a­bil­ity.

Trump has al­ready shown that he won't hes­i­tate to or­der the mass mur­der of in­no­cent women and chil­dren in other coun­tries and that he has zero re­spect for the Con­sti­tu­tion and ba­sic hu­man rights. So why wouldn't he wage a war on Amer­i­cans who op­pose him and try to keep them from flee­ing to safety in Mexico?

Are the new de­ten­tion camps and ex­ist­ing se­cret pris­ons cur­rently for im­mi­grants des­tined to house free­dom lov­ing Amer­i­cans in the not too dis­tant fu­ture?

Photo by Jonathan Mcin­tosh

Crosses for those who died try­ing to reach the U.S. dis­played on the Mex­i­can side of the wall in Heroica No­gales, Mexico.

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