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Thurman Speaks About Building a Border Wall

This GDT::Speaks was motivated by a 4 November 2005 "News Update" from the East Valley Tribune titled "Great Wall of America proposed."

   "Certainly, building a wall across the entire border wouldn't 
    be the right thing to do," said Jarrod Agen, spokesman for the 
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security. "You want the right mix 
    of infrastructure and detection technology so you can spot 
    things and know where to deploy your agents."

I don't know why Agen uses the word certainly.

A 2,000 mile wall between the United States and Mexico would certainly be effective at keeping illegal aliens out of our country. The cost of building and maintaining the wall could certainly be reduced by minimizing the "pork" spending currently popular with today's 20th century politicians.

I don't know why "two 15-foot barriers, separated by 50 yards of open space with a road for border agents" would not work. In addition, it should be noted, that the plan includes a design that would allow a third wall to be constructed at a later date. Walls have been effective at keeping prisoners inside of prisons. If walls can keep people in, they certainly can keep people out.

   "For us to take the pre-emptive action to make this that 
    kind of a decision, a Berlin Wall kind of decision, is 
    short-sighted," said Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.

I don't know why Grijalva thinks building a wall is "short-sighted." When something is broken you take pre-emptive action and fix it. Our border has been broken a long time and our "pre-emptive" strikes to date have certainly been failures. We have been practicing short-sighted thinking for too long on this issue. Let's build a wall because it will certainly work.

Update::2005.11.23

While watching Your World with Neil Cavuto on Fox News, I learned about the We Need A Fence! website that promotes the construction of "a state-of-the-art border fence between the U.S. and Mexico." I typically don't sign petitions, but I signed this one "urging the President and Congress to lead, and build a fence!"

Update::2005.11.24

The front-page of the "Valley and State" section of the Arizona Republic contained a story having the title: "Assaults on border agents double in '05." I don't know why a wall would not help reduce this problem.

Update::2005.11.27

I sent a slightly modified version of this GDT::Speaks to talkback@arizonarepublic.com.

Update::2005.11.27

Today's Arizona Republic "Viewpoints" section had a bunch of stuff about buidling a border fence. Note: I read the paper after I sent a message about this issue to the Republic's blog. One of the Republic's reporters wrote something that prompted me to the send the following as a "Letter to the Editor."

	"Push is on for a border fence"

	Linda Valdez writes about WeNeedAFence.com
	by saying "How about WeNeedABrain.com?"
	Linda, we have a brain--that's why we
	need a fence.  

	The primary reason people don't want a fence
	is because they know it will work.  I signed 
	the WeNeedAFence.com petition on 23 November 
	2005 "urging the President and Congress to 
	lead, and build a fence!"
Update::2005.12.03

My "Letter to the Editor" was published by the Arizona Republic on 3 December 2005. I want say Thank You to the Republic.

Update::2005.12.04

I felt the need to speak more about building a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. GDT::Speaks:: Why Won't a Border Wall...?


Creator: Gerald D. Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 05 November 2005