Past Features

October 18, 2015

Message for Today: Walls Don't Work
DHS/CBP on Propaganda Patrol


Fence between Calexico and Mexicali. Old fence left in place. USBP under canopy. Tires are dragged to look for footprints. (See Larger Photo).
TribLive.com-- October 17, 2015
Border wall slows illegal crossers from Mexico but can't stop them
    Calexico, Calif. -- A wall separates the United States from the Mexican metropolis of Mexicali in this city 120 miles east of San Diego.
    Two stories tall, it runs west for dozens of miles, losing its thick steel mesh and razor wire to become a waist-high barrier before abruptly ending in the Yuha Desert.
    Congress ordered the construction of 700 miles of fence line in 2006; the Border Patrol continues to maintain it, with crews constantly detailed to “ride the fence and repair it,” Michael J. Fisher, the agency's chief, told the Tribune-Review.
    During almost a week that Trib journalists spent in Calexico, it was patrolled constantly by Border Patrol trucks, some parked feet from one another, with special canopies to ward off rocks thrown by smugglers as a distraction while illegal immigrants scurry over the fences.
    Although the wall cost American taxpayers about $3 million per mile, border jumpers can get over it in seconds.
    They poke cheap screwdrivers into the metal mesh and use them as pegs to climb to the top of the fence. Then they slide down ropes and sprint to American smugglers, or “coyotes,” who ferry them north into American cities and towns.
    That's why frayed nylon line and gloves, worn to prevent friction burns, litter the base of the wall.
    “People say, ‘Build a fence; build a wall.' But that really is only good at stopping some vehicle drive-throughs. Smugglers will saw through the fence or go around it. It's not really designed to stop people. It's like a speed bump. It just slows people down,” said Shawn Moran, a Border Patrol agent with two decades of experience.

Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol
Who Will Tell the Truth?
    The Pittsburgh Tribune is doing its part to push border propaganda on its unsuspecting readers. With the help of the US Border Patrol Chief, Michael Fisher the Trib explains that border crossers "poke cheap screwdrivers into the metal mesh and use them as pegs to climb to the top of the fence.” Never mind that DHS built a cheap mesh fence right up alongside trees on the Mexican side. If they didn't want to climb the trees, they could easily cut through the mesh fence. Never mind that much of the fence east of Calexico is twenty years old . Never mind that DHS chose to put really good fencing out in the sand dunes where few try to cross.
    Never mind that, when real fences are built, illegals are all but stopped.
    Isn't it interesting that DHS is complaining about the failure of the Calexico fence that it designed and built? Should the people know that it was designed to fail in the first place?
     DHS/CBP is working with a compliant media to convince the American people that fences don't work.
    Who will tell the truth about the border?

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