By Allan Wall, August 6, 2021
The Biden border rush continues with no sign of abatement.
According to the Associated Press, “… U.S. authorities stopped migrants about 210,000 times at the border in July, up from 188,829 in June …” Many of them are being released in the United States.
Under the previous Trump administration, through a combination of several policies, real progress had been made on controlling the border.
Under Biden, that progress is being unraveled. And Team Biden is just getting started!
A truly secure border does not just depend on just one factor.
For example, a border barrier, wall, fence, whatever you call it. You don’t just put it up and leave it. You have to guard it.
I was deployed to Iraq back in 2005, with my Texas Army National Guard unit. When I was in Iraq, I was involved with several security missions.
On one mission, a few of us guardsmen were working with local Iraqis to construct security fencing to protect a military base. I thought we built a rather good fence segment.
But base security wasn’t just a question of building a fence. There were also guard towers strategically placed, to monitor the fence.
(For more information, see my previous articles Reminiscing about Iraq … and wondering about our own border on US Incorporated’s Social Contract Journal and To The Borders! on National Review Online.)
The same general principles are at work on the U.S.-Mexico border. We need a barrier, but we have to watch it. And we need other policies to back it up, such as not rewarding illegal crossers by letting them stay in the U.S. That encourages more to arrive!
Biden’s border policy is not a result of incompetence. It’s intentional. The Biden administration fully intends to bring in hordes of new people, for political reasons. It’s no accident.
I recently visited part of the border, and I saw many segments of the unfinished border barrier.
My wife and son and I crossed into Reynosa, Mexico. We had to take care of some family business. It didn’t take long, but while there, I got into trouble in a store, because I didn’t have a COVID mask on!
We returned to the U.S. side, back into the McAllen metroplex. Besides McAllen, that metroplex includes Pharr, Edinburgh, Mission, Hidalgo, and other municipalities. This metroplex is across the Rio Grande river from Reynosa, Mexico, where we had gone.
From the McAllen metroplex, we traveled eastward, my son driving, running parallel to the Rio Grande river, the border between the U.S. and Mexico.
We saw a lot of wall segments, which hadn’t yet been joined together. At one point we got out and looked at the wall. The concrete on that segment looked new, indicating it was from the Trump era.
The wall is not always right on the actual border. Near McAllen, it was about a mile away from the border, rather than being placed on the Rio Grande flood plain. A wall has to fit local terrain.
There is still a lot of border wall in that region we drove through. If we ever get a pro-borders administration back in the White House, the wall can be finished along the entire border.
We continued eastward all the way to the Gulf Coast. Right before arriving to the coast, we passed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX facilities.
We finally arrived to the end of the highway, to the Boca Chica beach. I wanted to see the mouth of the Rio Grande, so I had my son drive a few miles south, on the beach, which he did successfully.
We arrived to the mouth of the Rio Grande, where it feeds into the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. is on the north side of the river, and Mexico is on the south side.
At the Rio Grande mouth, I didn’t see any markers or flags on either side of the river. I guess everybody just knew what it was.
It was interesting to see this place. It’s where the river ends. It’s where the border ends on the east, or where it begins, if you are heading west.
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