Past Features

April 9, 2017

Finishing the levee job Obama left undone

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The Monitor -- April 5, 2017
DHS chief: No wall from sea to shining sea
    President Donald Trump's campaign promise of a “big beautiful wall” along the Mexican border all but came tumbling down Wednesday as the secretary of Homeland Security said that there would only be solid barriers on parts of the border, combined with technology and human patrols.
    “It's unlikely that we will build a wall, a barrier from sea to shining sea,” said Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, testifying before the Senate Homeland and Government Affairs Committee.
    In his prepared remarks, Kelly said, “it is important to acknowledge the long-standing operational needs of the U.S. Border Patrol. ... This includes 28 miles of new levee wall in the Rio Grande Valley sector — the Border Patrol's busiest and highest-risk area of operations --- as well as 20 miles of a new wall system, the design of which will be informed by the prototype process currently underway.”'

Glenn Spencer -- April 9 
This makes sense --- don't stop now
   Secretary Kelly says he plans to build 28 miles of new levee wall in the Rio Grande Sector. If it is a no-see-though wall, no problem since the U.S. Border Patrol will have access to both sides.
    ABP recommended strengthening the levee system four years ago.
    Two years ago our aerial survey revealed that gates designed to give farmers access to their fields were never installed.
    It makes sense to use the levees as originally planned as part of the Secure Fence Act of 2006. It is time to finish the job.
    To make complete sense, Kelly should install the latest in seismic barrier systems on the entire levee system.
    This would show where more fencing might be needed - while giving agents up-to-date detection capabilities.
    Secretary Kelly is making real sense, we hope he doesn't stop now.