Lines, Fences and Walls

My kids used jump the fence in the backyard all the time.  It beat going around the block.  On the other hand, most of us respect fences.  Well, actually they did too.  It just was that it was convenient and they knew it was okay.

Most of us cross lines all the time.  The state line is just a few miles from me and, when I worked, I crossed it at least twice a day.  The only way I could really tell were those signs alongside the highway.  However, those lines are very real.  Just ask the local police.  I am sure that, from time to time, they are frustrated by them.  When I was on grand jury duty, I got to see the results of them regularly.  People came down into Mississippi and committed small crimes and headed north.  Most of time, the state line protected them.

We don’t normally think much of it, but most of us respect property lines.  We stay on the sidewalks.  Even when there is no fence, we rarely go onto the property of others.  It is something we are taught from the time we learn to toddle.

However, some don’t respect the property lines of others.  I was reminded of this when a man walked into my house with a 45 caliber pistol.  Fortunately, I lived through that.  Not all of us do survive such things.

For decades, the US had no more than a border line between Mexico and the US.  Most respected the line.  Not so much anymore.  When they see no obstruction, they cross into the US, knowing that it is against the law.  They have no respect for those who immigrate legally.  They just decide to jump in the front of all those who seek to immigrate legally.

Then, of course, there are fences.  Most countries have fences on their borders.  Some even have walls.  Some of us have fences around our houses.  It discourages people from entering illegally with 45s.  Obviously, they don’t always stop people but they do discourage it. Without the fences, trespassing would be far more common.

For a long time, we had a fence along the boarder with Mexico.  I actually saw it a time or two.  It was all we needed.  Most who approached the fence realized they were supposed to respect it.  This is not so much anymore.  The fence will hardly slow them down.  By the way, that goes for fences on personal property too.

In the old days, when someone had no respect for the border, we rounded them up and sent them home.  Nowadays, it would seem illegal aliens are a protected bunch.  They must be handled very carefully.  After all, they now have more rights than legal immigrants.  They have more rights than citizens.

Walls are distinctive from fences and lines.  Mostly, walls, by definition, are more difficult to cross.  People confronted by a nice tall wall will generally give up, turn around and go home.  Some try to go around them.  That becomes impossible when there are no gaps in the wall.  Some try to go under them.  It is proof that they work.  No one would go through all that effort if the walls didn’t work.

Regardless, none of them work when we, as a nation promise open arms, free health care, schools and food stamps.  It is the nature of man.  Whatever behavior is rewarded, is the behavior you will get.

I am in strong favor of big walls, or deep trenches.  I don’t care much which.  However, none of it will work when we keep rewarding the illegal alien.

  1. When they cross over, we must do all we can to immediately return them.  It is a horrible thing to promise them paradise and then treat them like dirt.
  2. We must make sure they cannot find employment.  It is one of the biggest drawing cards.
  3. We must double down on those who commit crimes.  When we find someone committing a crime, we should put them in prison and then insure they go home after they finish their time.  This protects those living in the US illegally, those here with visas as well as us citizens.
  4. Anyone found crossing the border a second time should spend one or more years in prison before being sent home.  At first, this will crowd our prisons.  However, once they figure it out, they will stop coming north.
  5. The problem of visa overstays must be resolved.  When they arrive, they need to be made aware that they must live according to our laws and they must be clearly told that if they overstay their visa, they will be punished.  This must be enforced even for those who have lucrative jobs.
  6. Those who enter illegally must be prevented from ever becoming citizens or given visas.  This should also apply to those who overstay their visa.  If they won’t respect our borders, they likely will not respect our laws.  We already have enough people her who don’t respect the law.

If we don’t do these things, our immigration laws will mean nothing.  Still, we need to build the walls.  Lines and fences no longer work.  No one seems to have any respect for them.  It is important to stem the flow of illegal immigrants.  But it is also important to stem the flow of drugs prostitution and sweat shops.  By the way, it will also save us a bundle on the cost of feeding and educating them.  At this point, we could have built four walls 40 feet high along the entire border with what we would have saved just last year.  That is likely a low estimate.  Maybe we could have made a fifth wall.

The truth is that walls stop people from crossing the border.  Nothing else will.  More important, by not building the wall, there are armed conflicts.  That is bad for both us and them.  By keeping them south of the border, it might save their lives.  Indeed, it might save their lives by discouraging them from leaving their own countries to begin with.

 

BUILD THE WALL

De Blasio has it Wrong

De Blasio said that when when someone attacks a policeman, they attack all of us.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  A policeman is a representative of the law.  When someone attacks a policeman it is open rebellion of the law and a blatant lack of respect of it.  Anyone that attacks an officer of the law will, without hesitation attack and kill anyone.  Moreover, they will disobey any law to get what they want.

If there is no law enforcement, then, effectively, there is no law.  If the criminal will not respect the law, then he should at least fear it.  By the way, this includes our border laws.

Possible Wall Building Materials

I know.  I am not a design engineer.  I barely graduated high school.  So maybe this thought is all wet.  None the less, I just have to suggest it.

First there is the there is possibility of using clear plastic.  It would probably be a good idea to enclose some kind of wire mesh for strength.  It would have three big advantages, maybe four or five.  It could be built very fast.  It could easily be repaired. There is no way for someone to climb a smooth plastic surface.  To be sure, it would be transparent.  I am guessing that plastic is less expensive than steel.  In cars, they keep replacing steel with plastic, I guess, because it is less expensive.  It is certainly lighter and likely easier to mold.

My second consideration is fiberglass.  I am sure that fiberglass would have most of the advantages of plastic but it would not be clear. Still, plastic windows could be built into it.  I don’t know how fiber glass compares in cost with steel, but they sure build a lot of boats from it.  If must be at least competitive with steel.  Moreover, it is far easier to repair than steel or plastic.  In all likelihood, the patch could be made stronger than the the original wall.  The fiberglass would also have one more big advantage.  Sensors could easily be hidden in the wall that could sense noise and changes in light.  Also, speakers could be installed so that warnings and/or sirens can go off the instant someone tries to go over or under the wall.

Maybe someone out there who has some knowledge on the subject can tell if I am going astray with these thoughts.  Certainly, if plastic or fiberglass is better, someone else would have thought of it.

Actually, I just had another thought.  The plastic could have gravel inside it.  I’m not sure, but I think maybe small rocks or gravel might be less expensive plastic.  It just might also have a side benefit, it might have real nice esthetic values.

Regardless, it might be a good idea to coat the wall on both side with some good slick grease.  First, it will make it more difficult to climb.  Second, no one wants to get grease all over themselves.  Third, if someone does manage to scale the wall, it will be easy to tell.  He will will have grease on him.

Windows, Doors and Walls

Walls are wonderful things.  I have no idea when the first one was made, but it was likely well before recorded history.  Nonetheless, they do serve a number of really neat purposes.

They do provide protection, in many ways.  They protect us from the weather, ravenous wild animals, from humans that mean us harm and, of course, to some degree unwelcome relatives.

They also provide us with some degree of privacy.  They allow us to live four feet from our neighbor and still keep him or her from seeing or hearing us.  Then again, maybe you live in a condo or apartment.  The walls still provide some privacy, just not as much.

Walls have been built to keep invaders away.  The most famous of such walls, of course, is The Great Wall of China.  Some walls are better for this purpose than others.  The Berlin Wall, while not completely effective, did keep most East Berliners on the east side of the wall.  I guess it kept most West Berliners west of the wall, but that was not its primary purpose.  It is not as if the West Berliners were apt to attack those on the east.

To be sure, there are other walls built to keep people inside.  Prisons are the primary ones.  On the other hand, Israel built a wall that is very effective at keeping people out.

I guess I am going astray of my main subject, doors and windows.  I guess after they invented walls, it wasn’t long before men came up with doors and windows.  Naturally, they have undergone a few changes over the years.  Let’s face it, in all his glory, Solomon had windows, but they didn’t have glass.  I guess I could be wrong about that.  I wasn’t around to see them, but I don’t think glass really arrived on the scene until much later.  It meant, if he wanted to keep the cold out, he had to close the windows, likely made from wood.  On the other hand, the best he could do when it got to hot was to have a couple of slaves wave palm branches at him.  (It was the latest in air conditioning in the day.)

By the way, the pharaohs were not any better off and they considered themselves to be gods.  Yet with all their power, they could not cause the temperature to go down one degree.  The pharaohs, of course, had their walls and they were a little odd.  We can still see some of them near the Nile.  In spite of all their efforts to keep the grave robbers out, they still got into those pyramids.  I don’t think it really matters to them.  They don’t know it, so let’s not tell them.  It won’t hurt anyone to let them believe it worked.

By the way, getting back to doors and windows, the pyramids didn’t have any.  They were the ultimate in designed security, at least for the day.

The miraculous thing about modern day windows is that they allow us to see through walls.  Incredible as that might sound, it is true.  If you are inside a wall, you can see outside.  If you are outside, you can see in, provided the drapes aren’t closed.

Now doors, they are even more incredible.  They actually give us humans the ability to walk through walls.  Incredible as it might seem, they even allow us to carry objects with us as we go through.  Moreover, if we close and lock them, we are almost as secure as we would be if it were just a wall.  That’s right; they keep wild animals out.  Most of the time, they keep robbers out.

In a way, they accomplish the same thing a gate does with the big walls.  As I am sure you know, during the middle ages, they built large walls and gates to keep marauders out.  To some degree, they were effective, but no gate or wall can truly be said to be impenetrable.  Yet they still put a lot of effort into building the walls and gates.  They figured that there was no sense making it easy for the marauders.

Now it would seem, the experts tell us that a wall on the south border will not do any good.  They call me prejudice for even suggesting a wall.  Guess what.  The idea of a wall is not new.  They do work.  It has been proven for thousands of years.  Now suddenly, they stop working?  Maybe they have catapults or cannons and their friends shoot them over the wall.

Personally, I don’t think their knowledge is built on experience or common sense.  Instead, it has been influenced by bribes, AKA known as money and favors from lobbyists.  Take the bribes and our representatives just might be able to start thinking straight.

By the way, if we do want anyone to come north of the border, the wall would have a gate.  If they have the proper ID, if they are not carrying illegal drugs, if they are not criminals, then we can let them in.  On the other hand, if they disobey our laws, we can send them south with the warning that we don’t want them back.

Some would like to make it all sound complicated.  It isn’t.  If we want the bad guys to stay south of the border, we need to make sure that we don’t make it easy for them to enter.  Moreover, we need to do everything possible to discourage them from coming in the first place.  A wall goes a long ways in that direction.  It is sort of the reason our homes have walls.  They are not perfect, but they do provide some level of security.

Maybe Congress doesn’t want a wall, but we do.  It is time for them to ignore the bribes and start listening to us.  On the other hand, maybe it is time to send them all home and send some people in there that will actually pay attention to the constituency.  Just maybe they will not lose their memory before they take the oath of office.  Then too, we need to make sure that they are never allowed to use the word comprehensive.  The word must be removed from their vocabulary.