September 14, 2016
Spencer's suggestion to Trump:
Build "Obama's Wall"
Left, 2006 - ABP begins aerial surveillance of Yuma fence // Right, as fence went in, apprehensions dropped like a rock. ---Glenn Spencer - American Border Patrol
Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol
We need the will more than a wall
The Secure Fence Act of 2006 called for the construction of 700 miles of double-layered fence along the border with Mexico. While some argue that the fence wasn't finished due to lack of funding, I believe it was an amendment authored by Sen. Kay Bailey of Texas that allowed DHS to deviate from the law.
Enough of the 2006 border fence was constructed, however, to offer glimpse into what would have happened if the entire double-layered fence had been built. New fencing at Yuma was started in 2006 and completed in 2008, much of it double-layered. In that period apprehensions at Yuma dropped by more than 95%. I would suggest that the same thing would happen if we finished the entire 700 miles of double-layered fence, especially if it was backed up with the SEIDARM system.
Senator Barack Obama voted in favor of the Secure Fence Act of 2006. If Mr. Trump decided to finish the job, he could call it "Obama's Wall. "
As I said in an earlier blog, the problem with border security isn't the type of barrier, i.e., wall vs. fence, it is the will on the part of the government bureaucracy to do the job that is lacking.