I am not a cheer leader for everything that President Trump does but I don’t believe that everything he does is totally wrong either. My father used to say that “Even a blind chicken picks up a piece of corn once in a while”. Is President Trump as lucky as a blind chicken? We will see. No one can be wrong 100% of the time unless they really work at it. He is clearly not as smooth as an experienced politician like Mike Pence but he is smart enough to win an election against Hillary Clinton. He understands what motivates his voters.
Our country has a duty to regulate its border in order to protect its citizens from anything or anyone harmful. The exact details of how we do that are open to legitimate debate but the basic principle seems reasonable to me. Is it even possible to build a giant wall across our southern border? Of course its possible, the Chinese finished their first great wall in 206 BC under the orders of the first Emperor of China without the aid of modern equipment. Do we really need to build another great wall here in the United States or could we come up with a more cost effective solution?
Wouldn’t it be cheaper and more humane to allow more legal hard working immigrants that will contribute to our economy into this country. If it were up to me I would give existing illegal immigrants amnesty and give them a path to citizenship provided they do not commit any crimes. I would require legal immigrants to have a United States citizen sponsor who would be legally and financially responsible for them for a significant period of time such as 10 years before they could become a citizen. There does need to be a real vetting process to prevent criminals/terrorists from entering this country along with significant monitoring time even after a person is allowed to immigrate to this country. Other countries should also be able to share the burden of caring for refuges from oppression. The United States is not the only country in the world and other developed countries need encouragement to take care of refugees also.
Building a giant wall across isolated areas of our border would not necessarily stop all illegal crossing of the border. Monitoring by the border patrol is still required because drug traffickers will soon find a way to cross the great wall and this will open a method for others to cross. We need to dry up the market for illegal drugs the same way we did by ending alcohol prohibition. Alcohol is just as bad as other drugs and yet we do not have illegal border traffic with alcohol as the cargo because we make legal alcohol here. We need to legalize and regulate drugs like Marijuana. Produce some less dangerous drugs similar to alcohol in the United States to improve our economy and prescribe them to be monitored by a physician. This would cut down illegal border traffic activity and allow greater concentration on important border problems.
We still have a need for an effective method of stopping illegal border crossings in large isolated areas. A wall may be cost effective in some crowded areas but it would not seem to be cost effective over very long runs of land consisting of empty desert. We should develop drone aircraft for the border patrol capable of monitoring large areas of empty land from the air and destroying any type of dangerous cargo such as nuclear bombs, chemical weapons or biological weapons from the air using standard guns, missiles or lasers. The capability to generate an electromagnetic pulse capable of disabling any unhardened vehicle or aircraft in a targeted area should be included on a drone of this type. I believe the new joint strike fighter being developed has such an EMP capability so it is not impossible. Combine these armed drones with satellites and regular armed helicopters to prevent any unauthorized border crossings in isolated areas.
I also thought it should be possible to make a missile with an inexpensive non-lethal chemical warhead that could disable vehicles by releasing a cloud of some type of chemical or other agent that would foul the engines of any vehicle within range. The ash from volcanoes has this effect on aircraft so we should be able to come up with something just as effective mounted on a missile fired from a drone. Someone else has probably had this idea before but I haven’t seen it in print yet. The non-lethal chemical warhead could also contain some type of UV glowing sticky paint that would mark people and make them easy to see and recover without hurting them. This is currently done by police with ransom money.
We need non-lethal methods of stopping illegal border crossings in large isolated areas. A simple wall or fence can always be breached unless it has an active defense so why not save the money spent on Trumps useless great walls and give the border patrol the tools and skilled manpower it needs to get the job done without risking the lives of Border Patrol agents or illegal immigrants. An armed drone with sensors constituents a higher and more cost effective wall than the proposed “great wall” of President Trump and I believe it would be less politically offensive to Mexico and other countries. A drone is essentially invisible until it is used so it would not be necessary to damage our diplomatic ties with our closest neighbors. Simple border walls would still be needed for some limited applications in urban areas and at points of allowed entry but these already exist for the most part.
I admire Hispanics and others that have enough guts to enter this country and risk their lives just so they can get a job and their children can have a better life. That’s the type of people this country needs. I am not worried about them hurting me or my family. I am concerned that terrorists and criminals of any race/religion will use our lax border security to enter our country and kill us exactly like they did on 9/11 at the twin towers in New York city. We should increase legal immigration of people that will be good citizens and shut down any future unregulated illegal immigration. The 9/11 attack or worse will happen again if we don’t control entry of dangerous people into this country.