Past Features

September 1, 2016

The Trump Speech
Strong on emotion, but border concepts need work
View of the Israeli security barrier that runs along the southern border with Egypt near the Red Sea resort of Eilat. --- (AFP/Jack Guez, File)
Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol   
Trump's Plan Needs Help (we would love to)
Wall vs. Fence
    An online dictionary defines a wall as, “1. a continuous vertical brick or stone structure that encloses or divides an area of land.”
    Most people probably have that image in mind when Mr. Trump says, “We will build a great wall on the border.” One cannot see through such a wall. The U.S. Border Patrol would not see people on the other side of the wall preparing to throw Molotov cocktails at them. But Mr. Trump might not really be thinking of that type of wall.
    “Israel to build 30 km wall along border with Jordan” includes the following:
    Bethlehem -- The Israeli government on Monday announced plans to build a 30 kilometer wall along its border with Jordan.
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the announcement during a Knesset meeting on security and foreign affairs convened to discuss the recent flotilla which attempted to reach the shores of the Gaza Strip.
    He claimed the wall was a continuation of the one built along the Egyptian border, which "blocked the entry of illegal migrants into Israel and the various terrorist movements".
    So, according to the world’s leading proponents of border security, a wall can include what many think of as a fence. Mr. Trump should build this type of 'wall.'
Manpower levels
    Mr. Trump said, “We're also going to hire 5,000 more Border Patrol agents.” This would put total Border Patrol manpower at about 25,000.
    In 2015 the US Border Patrol apprehended 331,335 people who crossed the Mexico border illegally.
    A properly designed fencing/security fencing system has reduced apprehensions by as much as 95%.
    Applying this percentage, Trump's system should reduce apprehensions to about 17,000. Under his system, each US Border Patrol agent would apprehend one illegal alien every 18 months. Not a very exciting job.
    Instead of adding agents, maybe Trump should be talking about cutting them, but that might not make the Border Patrol union very happy.
    Trump:  “We will use the best technology, including above and below-ground sensors that's the tunnels. Remember that, above and below.
    “Above and below-ground sensors. Towers, aerial surveillance and manpower to supplement the wall, find and dislocate tunnels and keep out criminal cartels and Mexico you know that, will work with us.”

    American Border Patrol has been a leader in testing technology on the border.
    We were the first to use unmanned aerial vehicles for border surveillance.
    We tested SEIDARM --- Seismic Detection and Ranging Mechanism --- that is many orders-of-magnitude improvement over systems used by the US Border Patrol.
    And, we have taken a close look at new technology recently introduced by Customs and Border Protection.
    The Trump plan really needs help in establishing a system to measure success. The American People need to be told if it is working.
Why Trump can't talk to American Border Patrol
ABP has given this issue a lot of thought to the issues raised in the Trump speech and we would love to share our knowledge with the campaign --- or the Clinton campaign, however unlikely that its.
    Over the past fourteen years American Border Patrol has really upset the Washington collectivist/globalist power establishment, so they did what they always do --- demonized the opponent.
The Collectivist Mind Game, Part 2: Demonizing the Opposition
    Don't examine the opponents' beliefs, nor answer their arguments.  Discredit any media channels that offer them a platform.  Enforce the following media template: the opposition is evil, treasonous, unfathomable, and psychotic.  They can't be reasoned with.  They are inspired by fascism and financed by a conspiracy of shady oligarchs.  Defame their donors...
    The Trump plan needs work, and American Border Patrol could help, but we fully understand the campaign's reluctance to take on the media when it doesn't have to. They can use our work without mentioning us.
    That's OK --- we understand.
    Maybe after the election.