Past Features

August 31, 2016

Trump Must State His Border Goal
What is the bottom line?
The Secure Fence Act of 2006 defines the job of the Secretary of Homeland Security -- “prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States”
Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol   
Tell us what the "wall" will do
    (First, Trump should not build a wall on the border --- he should build fencing. Why? US Border Patrol agents cannot see through a wall. There could be a gang of thugs ready to launch bombs, or Molotov cocktails over the wall using catapults. They can see through a fence.)
    According to the Secure Fence Act of 2006, still the law of the land, the job of the Department of Homeland Security is the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States. How will we know if Donald Trump's ‘wall' is doing its job? Very simple --- does it prevent unlawful entries into the United States?
    Now comes the hard part --- how do we know if it's doing its job? (I will use the word “wall” as representing Trump's overall border plan.)
    In 2015 the US Border Patrol apprehended 331,335 people who crossed the Mexico border illegally. Estimates of the number who got past the Border Patrol (gotaways) range from 77,000 to 990,000.
    It would be unrealistic the say that Trump's “wall” is a failure if one person gets past the Border Patrol. So what is success? If Trump gets the number down to, say 20,000, is that good enough? How about 5,000?
    It is technically feasible to count the number of “gotaways”.
    Donald Trump should set a numeric goal for border security, and then report directly to the people how well he is doing.
    The goal must be reached and sustained before Congress deals with legislation regarding illegal immigrants presently in the U.S.
    Eight years ago American Border Patrol suggested Operation 20-20 whereby illegal entries were reduced to 20,000 and that number was held for 20 months before immigration legislation was dealt with.
    Not a bad place to start.