So ya wanna build a wall
And ya have a budget already in place,,albeit a small one, and ya want it up fast? Whats a body to do?
I don’t know the name of rhe technique, but the military has used it for reinforcing FOB’s around the planet, and the Army Corps of Engineers uses it pretty frequently as well. Ya take sections of chainlink fence and make a box out of em, then fill that box with rock and stone then do it again. The chain link is fairly cheap, the stone is gathered up around the site and the danged things are, once a few are inplace and stacked, pretty much impervious to conventional weapons. So, you take some boxblades and dozers, start clearing a section of the border gathering up any rock larger than a marble, and stuff all of that in these chainlink boxes, stack em up like bricks, 3 deep and 4 high. I figure, depending on terrain, a one mile section could be done in a week with a fairly sized crew. Security for the crew could be handled by one or more of the many militia groups already supplementing the border patrol so hiring or contracting that isn’t an issue. Supply lines can be handled along the cleared areas and provided by local communities and not some big conglomerate, further keeping costs down.
Not that I have thought about all of this or anything. I just know that once government gets at an idea, well, the saying “an elephant is a mouse built to government standards” comes to mind.
When it comes to actual surveillance, there are oodles of boundry tools available out here. Radio links, IR beams, multi-light camera systems, etc etc. Heck, just a simple string of motion detectors coupled to that wall with a remote monitor site and one guy could ‘watch’ miles of the wall, while a reaction force can be on standby to head to the detected breach. Fer-cryin-out-loud, we have pilots in Nevada, flying ARMED drones in Iraq and Afghanistan by satellite feed; simple security of a wall should be a gazzillion times cheaper than that.
But all of that precludes one simple point. We already have laws pertaining to immigration: enforce them.
More importantly, stop giving everyone a free ride! As Heinlein states ‘There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.’ Come here, work, earn your way, no problems. Come here to leach off a system, BIG Problem. And if you come here to leach off a system while you are training to attack the people here, then we really have a problem. (And no, I don’t lay the blame for that solely on Oblammy, we had this problem all the way back under Slippery Bill and it escalated under the Shrub with the attack on the twin towers.)
But all of that gets into other symptoms of the real problem, and Trump has initiated a possible cure for that as well. No new regulations without removing two old regs from the CFR. Its a good start but I would have pushed for a 10:1 or better ratio myself.
Anywhoos, thatsa my two cents. Comments are open..