Past Features

October 13, 2015

Trump Fence Attacked
Misinformation?


Glenn Spencer stands next to “fence” in Arizona.
To see where it is, click on the number "3" on this map.
Kate Drew -- CNBC -- October 9, 2015
This is what Trump's border wall could cost US
A roughly 2,000-mile fence on the Mexican border would cost tens of billions.
    
Building a wall to keep out illegal immigrants is not a novel plan. About 670 miles of fencing on the U.S.-Mexico border was completed in accordance with the Bush administration's Secure Fence Act of 2006. That alone cost about $2.4 billion, for roughly one-third of the entire border and, according to migration experts, some of the easier and less costly areas to fence.
    The Secure Fence Act called for 700 miles of fencing, with a double layer throughout, but much of the barrier isn't reinforced this way. Even before the fence reached its first stage of completion, some argued it was not being constructed properly. [...]
    "The cost of it is extraordinary; the terrain makes it impossible — it's a great sound bite, but it's not defensible in terms of a practical policy," said GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush at a town hall meeting in Denver.

Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol
Misleading the Public
    The above story by Kate Drew for CNBC is so full of bad information, I don't know where to start. The Secure Fence Act of 2006 called for 700 miles of double-layered fence. Drew doesn't mention that most of what is called a fence can be scaled by a five-year-old. The real fence was scuttled by Sen. Hutchinson.
    Drew quotes Jeb Bush.....
    "The cost of it is extraordinary; the terrain makes it impossible --- it's a great sound bite, but it's not defensible in terms of a practical policy," said GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush at a town hall meeting in Denver.
    A quick look at ABP's map of the border fence shows that most of the terrain where new fencing might be built is the easiest on the border --- over 200 miles of flat land in Arizona alone.
    California and New Mexico pose no problems.
    The real issue is Texas, and we have proposed installing a security system on the 500-mile levee system.
    How on earth can the American people understand the border issue if the mainstream media continue to mislead them?

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