Trump says it will be a "beautiful wall", much prettier than barbed wire.
My big concern is government property seizures to build the wall.
Trapped On Wrong Side
Imagine being trapped on the wrong side of the wall.
Though the Loops' home is on US territory, it is located on the other side of the country's border fence. The family was essentially locked out of its own country when the fence was built a decade ago. ...
By the time the fire engine arrived there was nothing to save. But it was hardly the firefighters' fault: An 18-foot border fence had blocked their way.
We all stood in the yard, listening to the cries of farm animals burning alive.
This is what's left.
They cannot get insurance to build, because they are on the wrong side of the wall.
That's just one post. There are dozens of others.
Split Right Down the Middle
The most recent government letter arrived in an envelope marked “Urgent: Action Required,” so Fred Cavazos asked his family to meet at their usual gathering spot on the Rio Grande. He and three of his relatives crowded around an outdoor table as Fred, 69, opened the envelope and unfolded a large map in front of them. It showed a satellite image of the family’s land, 77 rural acres on the U.S. border where Fred had lived and worked all his life, but he had never seen the property rendered like this.
“Border Infrastructure Project,” the map read, and across its center was a red line that cut through the Cavazos family barn, through their rental house, and through a field where they grazed a small herd of longhorn cattle.
“This is where they want to put the wall,” Fred said, tracing his finger along the line. “They want to divide the property in half and cut us off from the river.”
“We’d lose the renters,” his sister said. “We’d lose the cattle without access to the river.” All of it,” Fred said. “Who wants to live on the other side of that wall? If this goes through, our property’s useless.”
Let's take ranchers' land and cut off access to water. No problem, it will be a beautiful wall.
Forget the Funding, Trump Needs the Land
The Hill reports Forget funding the wall, Trump needs the land first.
President Trump threatened to shutdown the government over funding for his border wall proposal. He thundered, “Build that wall…
Only about one-third of the land the wall would sit on is owned by the federal government or by Native American tribes. States and private property owners, especially along the Texas-Mexico border, own the rest.
Trump would have to engineer a monumental settlement with thousands of landowners who control thousands of acres of land along the border. Otherwise, the administration will have to face hundreds, if not thousands, of lengthy eminent domain disputes before anything is built across approximately 2,000 miles of the international border. Beyond the turf wars, the wall is sure to raise considerable litigation over environmental impacts.
If Trump can overcome the existing land obstructions, then his wall may rival the nation’s largest civil and military land acquisition projects in decades.
I Am Confused
OK, the wall will be beautiful, I get that. However, I might think otherwise if the government seized my land to build it.
It appears we have under-reported news of perfect security.
But if we have perfect security already, do we need a wall? Sorry, just asking.
No Need for Wall
Republicans had 8 years of Bush and 2 years of Trump to pass employer verification, to tighten EIC rules, to limit benefits, etc. etc etc.
Trump Vows "Very Long Government Shutdown"
Today Trump vows 'Very Long' Shutdown in border wall standoff.
Wall Defeated By Ladders
It's highly likely the billion dollar wall will be defeated by cheap ladders.
F the Wall
The irony in this madness is Trump brags that we have under-reported news of perfect security.
It's all too easy to sit back and endorse the wall as long as it's someone else's land, someone else's ranch cut in half, someone else's cattle that have no access to water, and someone else's house that gets burned down with no insurance.
Since this is how they are going to go about things, F the wall!
Mike "Mish" Shedlock