Proponents to the “wall” on the Mexican border that President Trump advocates for frequently opine that less severe measures can be implemented to obtain better or equal security for Americans. For example, some claim that drones could be used to gather intelligence; others say motion detectors and cameras should suffice.
However, the government has tried this before. Steven Brill writes in the The Atlantic (September 2016) the following: “Another $1 billion was wasted on a network of motion sensors and camera towers across just a fraction of the U.S. border with Mexico as the first step in what was to be a $5 billion program. When the government awarded the coveted contract to Boeing in 2006 (to replace a failed $2.5 billion program started in 2004), President Bush it said it is “the most technologically advanced border project ever.” Once deployed, however, the system’s sensors set off alarms when all varieties of wildlife moved around, and its cameras swayed in the wind and failed to provide visibility in areas where the land wasn’t level.”
OUR FREE OPINION
We think Brill makes a valid point. While the detection devices might serve a purpose, they should only be used in connection with a “smart” wall as urged by the President. There is no doubt that tons of dangerous drugs are currently being smuggled into the country daily from Mexico. Hundreds of thousands of our citizens are dying. This is not speculation; it is a fact. The “wall” will substantially reduce these numbers.