Past Features

July 9, 2015

Trump is Wrong About the Wall
Means Orientation is Bad Management

Glenn Spencer, American Border Patrol -- July 9, 2015   
    If Donald Trump went before his board of directors and said he was going to build fifty new shopping centers in Beijing without saying how this would affect profits he would be laughed out of the room.
    The same applies to border security. By saying he would build a wall along the US-Mexico border without saying what it would achieve, he has made a number of mistakes. As any US Border Patrol agent would tell you, they cannot see through a wall and that is a security risk.
    If anything, we need a double-layered fence as called for in the Secure Fence Act of 2006, but was killed by Sen. Hutchinson. (Trump can see what they actually built here.)
    More importantly, we need a border metric that will tell us if we have achieved the level of security the people want.
    I have proposed setting a goal of no more than 20,000 people getting past the US Border Patrol between ports of entry. Once that goal has been achieved - by whatever means - for a certain period of time, we could the address the issue of what to do with millions of illegal aliens in our midst.
    I was once a systems engineer and we called Trump's plan for a wall “means orientation” - focusing on how to do something, rather than a measurable goal. This is bad management.
    If Donald Trump wants to do something right away, he might start by finishing the 700-mile double-layered fence already approved by Congress (including Sen. Barack Obama) - as he moves to install a border accounting system.
    If Donald Trump would like to benefit from my systems engineering experience coupled with thirteen years on the border, he --- and any other presidential candidate --- can call and arrange a visit. 520-266-3443
    While he is on my ranch, he might want to take a look at how 100,000 Americans feel about border security.