By Rick Oltman, April 12, 2018
Some media outlets were howling at the pictures of an illegal alien jumping the wall along the Mexican border recently, as if that has any bearing or relevance to the wall that President Trump is supporting, and many of us have been calling for, for well over a quarter century.
Walls work. While walls are not perfect, nobody ever said they were. But a physical barrier that slows illegal alien traffic or, better yet, deters illegal alien traffic is better than no wall. And the U.S. Border Patrol can devise strategies to deal with the situation.
In the late 1990s on my first visit to Douglas, Arizona, known by border patrol agents as the smuggling capital of the world, I immediately went to the Port of Entry to look at the surrounding area. The very first thing I noticed was that the top of the border wall was bent over, angled back into the U.S. A forty-five-degree angle at the top of the wall makes it harder to climb over, as you have your own weight to contend with hanging from the top. But this was bent north, not south.
I went to the nearest border patrol agent on the line and asked him, “Shouldn’t the top of the fence be bent over into Mexico to make it harder on the climbers?” He laughed and commented, “Yes. But the Mexicans didn’t like it bending over into Mexico.” Funny. However, technically the top of the fence wouldn’t be bent over into Mexico. The wall, fence, what-have-you, doesn’t sit directly on the border. It sits back a few feet on American soil. Technically you can stand on the south side with your back against the wall and still be in America. Also technically, those scaling the fence on the south side are already in America, the second they touch the fence.
I immediately drove to Arizona Senator John McCain’s office in Tucson to complain. Once his staffer realized why I was there, I was politely but immediately shown the door. As I exited, I learned why the adverse reception once I saw a large award to Sen. McCain from La Raza.
The immigration enforcement issue is getting more news coverage today than it ever has, and the American people are paying attention. The majority of people want our border secured and our laws enforced.
Defiance of our laws just makes people more resentful of illegal aliens, and more determined to support the president and others who do want our laws enforced.
The picture of the illegal jumping the wall that the lame stream media seemed to like so much, needs to be posted everywhere. And the next time it happens, give it wide distribution. Hopefully, one of them will unveil a Mexican flag as they do it to, you know, “Show Trump!”
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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