Past Features

July 25, 2017

The Arizona Repugnant
lives up to its name
Total distortion of President Trump's border plans

Some of the News organizations that have watched Glenn Spencer's
technology in action. Only one didn't run a story.
Arizona Republic -- July 24, 2017
Where there's a will, is there a wall? Building Trump's border wall won't be cheap
    ….The Secure Fence Act of 2006 called for expanding the fence to 850 miles. That was later scaled back to “not less than 700 miles of the southwest border where fencing would be most practical and effective.”
    Since then, the government has built 653 miles of it along some of the flattest and most accessible terrain. In 2013, Janet Napolitano, the former Homeland Security secretary, told the Senate "the fence, to the extent it has been appropriated for, is complete."
    That means the nearly 1,300 miles that remains open is more uneven, more remote and will be more expensive to wall off. [...]
    When the Border Patrol's employees helped build it, the average price was 45 percent lower, in part because of savings on labor costs.
    Using those dated estimates, it would cost up to $4.6 billion for fencing --- not a wall --- covering an additional 700 miles.
    Land was a significant expense then, auditors noted, and would likely be more today. [...]
    Solar panels are typically angled southward to face the sun. Cladding a vertical wall with them wouldn't maximize that exposure, and would leave them facing Mexico. That could invite large-scale damage from those who hate the wall.

Glenn Spencer -- July 25, 2017
What you'd expect from a rotten newspaper
    In just a few words, the Arizona Republic tells us that 653 miles of border have been fenced and what remains for President Trump to ‘wall in' is 1300 miles of border that is "more uneven, more remote and will be more expensive to wall off.” What dribble.
    Of the original 700 miles of fencing called for in the Secure Fence Act, only 36 miles have been completed.
    In his executive order, President Trump sites the Secure Fence Act of 2006 as his legal authority to build his ‘border wall'.
    Without additional authorization, which to my knowledge hasn't been requested, the job of the Trump ‘wall' must be to finish the job started in 2006. He can't build it anywhere else.
    This is precisely what I recommended in 2015, along with the need for a see-through wall, which the president has adopted.
    This total distortion of President Trump's plan for border security does not surprise me. I established long ago that when it comes to telling the truth about the border, the Arizona Republic is truly a rotten newspaper.
   
 PS --- The Arizona Republic has long used my hard work to its advantage, without giving me credit.
    In the Trump wall story, the Republic says:
    "Solar panels are typically angled southward to face the sun. Cladding a vertical wall with them wouldn't maximize that exposure, and would leave them facing Mexico. That could invite large-scale damage from those who hate the wall.
    I am fairly confident that I am the source for this insight which is based on 15 years living on the border and an understanding of how solar works.

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