Doug Bedell — January 11, 2019, 4:27 pm

U.S. Dilemma: Illusions Behind a Border Wall


In Homeland Security resorts to an editorial to express its view that building a wall along the southern U.S. border wouldn’t work.

“Here’s the problem: Like all law enforcement, border protection is best done by trained officers. If the president had asked for $5 billion to double or triple our Border Patrol forces and equip them with the latest and best technological gear to assist in their mission, we believe Congress would have entered serious discussions with him and largely supported his quest. But those same members of Congress, from both parties and especially those hailing from states on our Mexican border, know the problem and have done their fact-finding. They know that a wall isn’t the answer.

“The fact is that most of the drugs and human traffic coming into our country from Mexico are arriving through legal ports of entry, hidden in trucks, airplanes, ships, cargo containers and other legitimate-appearing conveyances. Most of the opioids that are killing so many Americans are coming in from Asia, most often via U.S. Postal Service or other parcel-shipping services.”

Thus, In Homeland Security’s view, in short: A nation in the grip of a fixation – that a wall will solve its security concerns – is, instead, in a fix.

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