Trump's Wall: Needed Security, Monument to Stupidity or Something Else?
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?
Crosses for those who died trying to reach the U.S. displayed on the Mexican side of the wall in Heroica Nogales, Mexico.