Trump starts building 6 miles of border wall in Texas

Posted by on February 14, 2019 10:50 am
Categories: Column 2

 

SOURCE: Washington Examiner

 

President Trump said Monday at a campaign rally in El Paso that, “We’ve actually started a big, big portion of the wall today at a very important location, and it’s going to go up pretty quickly over the next nine months.”

 

He similarly said Tuesday at the White House, “We just started a big, big section of wall on the Rio Grande.”

 

I checked in with agents at the Rio Grande Valley border sector to see if they knew what new “wall” Trump was talking about. They sent me information on construction for new border barrier announced last year.

 

The project funds six miles-worth of concrete and steel barrier of the sort that agents told me in January is immensely successful in deterring illegal border crossings.

 

The wall will be supplemented by “detection technology, lighting, video surveillance, and an all-weather patrol road parallel” to the barrier, according to a release sent out by the CBP in November.

 

And the $145 million for it didn’t come from some long-ago-passed funding bill passed under former President Barack Obama. It was included in U.S. Customs and Border Patrol’s budget for fiscal year 2018.

 

 

 

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Robert, east of here
Robert, east of here

The wall is being built!

Excellent!

Nobodysfool
Nobodysfool

It’s time for Trump’s base to wake up, grow up and quit with the stompy feet, terrible 2’s type routine. This is going to have to be a process. He can’t produce funding out of thin air. Paul Ryan obstructed the wall and Mitch McConnell refused to reform the senate majority rule which if he’d done as Dem’s do, the funding would have gone thru. It’s going to happen, as it has happened so far, in increments. President Trump is doing the best he can considering both parties are putting up a taller, stronger wall to block a border wall than the border wall itself.

Marble
Marble

Cut the patronizing shat.
A wall is only a stop gap solution.
If Trump won’t do what is necessary, we will find another candidate that will.
A real long term solution will require at least 2 actions:

1. Operation Wetback 2

2. Elimination of all recognition of federal protected class groups and their associated federal group privileges. That includes especially Latino and Feminist and Queer and Neocon federal protected class groups losing their unconstitutional federal privileges. These 4 groups are the numerically largest voting groups in the US that push for open borders.

dr D
dr D

Marble, are you for real or have you lost your, ya know, marbles? Who is this imaginary dream (in your mind) candidate you’re going to find? Is his last name Unicorn?

Who’s going to a) beat President Trump in a primary and then b) beat the MSM and democrats in ’20?

Stop dreaming and whining. It’s people like you who help democrats win elections.

dr D
dr D

If I’m not mistaken, no one has ever beat an incumbent in a primary and then went on to win the general. Marbles idea of a different candidate would be a disaster for the country.

RandyLee
RandyLee

well a ‘stopgap’ solution is better then anything we’ve had in the last 50 years. so we’ll go with that while you work out the details of your dream candidate and your agenda. be sure to keep us all updated on your findings ’cause you know we’re all waiting with bated breath for your results.

Snipes McTopshelf
Snipes McTopshelf

Marble, we haven’t found a candidate or nominee in the last few decades that has done anything close to what Trump has done. Why are you confident that we will now?

Name some names that can beat Trump in the primary. Thanks.

el bochie
el bochie

are you out of your freaking mind? Tell me please, what other candidate would even broach the subject of building the wall like Trump has? Dumbassery

Sande
Sande

You forgot the black community.
Either we are all equal under the law or we aren’t, and affirmative action within the unconstitutional civil rights act where they stole the last bit of autonomy from small businesses that they had left is still on the books, not to mention the federal grab of local school autonomy, and that’s where these other groups get their special rights, and where the Christian and white citizenry is demoted to second class.
LBJ did as much to destroy liberty in this country as did FDR.
We are all equal under the law or our law is gone.
Currently it is gone, and what happened to Roger Stone proves it.
And Stone is a friend of PDT.
A stop gap or a starting pistol, the choice is ours?

dr D
dr D

Some people around here seem to think he should be able to use “mind control” or maybe a gun to the heads of the dems and RINOs to do what he wants.

What he’s accomplishing is pretty amazing, especially considering he’s basically fighting with one hand tied behind his back.

Melissa
Melissa

Totally 100% agree

StopAgenda21Sustainability
StopAgenda21Sustainability

He is making me nervous with wanting to increase legal immigration. We need to shut it all down.
We aren’t being “stompy feet”….we want to save our country.

georgia dawg
georgia dawg

Priceless!

Mary
Mary

This sounds like the truth.

JS
JS

Trump makes a great point. In all of the videos of the steel barrier going up, it’s all bare metal with zero anti-rust coating, including the stupid plate on the top that can be used to hook things on to get over. That fence will be rusted out in five years with the rain and heat going to town on it. What a waste of time and money. I heard someone say that the metal triangles were filled with concrete to prevent cutting. It didn’t look like it to me. Anyone have any info on this?

OldSaltUSNR
OldSaltUSNR

It’s all politics. The Dems attacked a concrete wall as being immoral, so a slat fence was substituted.

But here’s the real secret, which absolutely NO ONE has called out: The Border Patrol has a strong federal union. That union has been allied with Trump for a wall. That union wants to increase membership, and is against anything that could decrease membership.

Hence the Border Patrol supports the “most effective” wall option as “supplemented by ‘detection technology, lighting, video surveillance, and an all-weather patrol road parallel’ to the barrier,”, all tools that require extensive human support. In other words, the Border Patrol and it’s controlling UNION want a wall that requires more Border Patrol agents. They DO NOT want a wall that could prevent 99.9 percent of breaches with little to no monitoring, i.e. a concrete wall prototype with a roadway.

On that video, pay special attention to President Trump’s criticism of a border fence (around 2:40), much like the one he is now building. It’s all politics. The President needs a wall for 2020 reelection, anything that can be called a wall.

Ignore the source, and look at the pictures.

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/01/trump-steel-slat-border-wall-prototype-saw.html

The “wall” being installed now can be breached, if not with the chain saw, about 20 other types of portable steel saws, including a cheap one available from Harbor Freight.

Hey, I love the B.P. agents and all that they do, but there is no friggin’ way that the 23′ steel slat fence “wall” proposed is better than some of the 30′ prototypes that US Special Forces operatives tested. Y’all can correct me if I’m wrong, but what the B.P. “recommends” and is being installed was NOT one of those prototypes.

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-border-wall-prototypes-withstood-breaching-climbing-tests-2018-2#the-trump-administration-required-that-the-prototypes-be-between-18-and-30-feet-high-2

Everytime I state on CFP that the wall Trump is building is NOT the wall that was promised, or tested, I get attacked by rabid Trumpsters claiming that I’m some sort of left wing troll. I agree that the wall being built will help. I disagree that the USA will find the money or political will to rebuild it in 5 years, and if that wall proves easily breachable, the Democrats will have all the ammo needed to prevent a better, future wall from being built.

But hey, enjoy the politics. A wall is being built, FINALLY! Two years after Trump took office, when forgive me, but President Trump could have and should have sent troops to the border with concertina wire a month into office, and had a combat engineer built wall done within 3 to 6 months. And no, a concertina wire, properly built, would not cost as much as the steel slat fence being built, and would not be breach-able by 100’s or 1000’s of illegal aliens and smugglers. Then he could have hammered a GOP FRIGGIN’ CONGRESS for money for the concrete version, after the concertina wire proved a wall is successful. And no, I’m not just saying all this after the fact, to justify my criticism of the current wall being built. I’ve said and written about this from day one of President Trump’s administration. Oh, that’s when “conservatives” first started calling me a #NeverTrumper.

So, flame away. I don’t post here anymore, anyhow. It’s just JS’s spark of truth, and “HumbleGunner’s” flame of Kane on FreeRepublic.com pulled me back in here.

JS
JS

Did you see the videos I posted before of the Hungarian border wall composed of fencing and mass amounts of razor wire? I live part time there and the African migrants were able to breach the razor wire very easily. The main reason they were getting caught was through motion sensors and the Hungarians have hundreds of patrols to quickly react to the alarms. Like you said, the BP here wants thousands more officers to cover the vast length of the border and that’s the only way they will slow down the smugglers and human traffickers.

OldSaltUSNR
OldSaltUSNR

No I didn’t, I’m sorry. But I’ll state again, a properly constructed concertina wire fence, three rows high, by three rows deep, with about 100′ between rows, will not be “easily breached”. It would have to be monitored with National Guard troops, but it would slow them down enough, and hurt enough of them, that it would work. (Note: Several years of my Navy career was spent with the SEABEE’s. I know of what I speak.)

I don’t see why this works in Iraq, Afghanistan, and 100’s of other places around the world, but not in America. And the concertina wire fence is not “the solution”. It’s “a solution” that stops 99% of the traffic within a couple of months. It instantly changes the debate about the wall. It would have secured funding for the concrete wall. Now, it’s too close to 2020, the GOP lost the House, and it’s all a “Hail Mary” to get something Trump can call “a border wall” done before the primaries.

It’s a political decision. The correct decision for Trump, Cruz, or any other GOP President, would have been to just build the damn wall, instantly, ASAP, and stop the invasion that Obama deliberately set into motion. Instead, we’re still playing the Democrat’s game from the 10 yard line, with our backs against the end zone.

And no one, except for maybe Ann Coulter and myself, seems to understand this. (Oh, and no, Ann Coulter is not my god; she’s just correct on this issue.)

Now, that’s two posts I’ve made on CFP. I’m done here. Never again.

JS
JS

Oh, I know it works on limited perimeters but you need the manpower over a 2000 mile border to react quickly to any attempted breeches and that’s the biggest problem. If there are no troops or BP agents that can get there quickly, the coyotes and cartels can take their sweet time cutting through the layers. It’s all about a rapid reaction force. Coulter is right on this one. That I agree with you. Trump is not using his authority given to him as Commander In Chief and he is trying to please all sides. He needs to step up and take command. He is not beholden to anyone but the American people.

Hsssssss
Hsssssss

Two problems with the concertina wire: Officials in New Mexico already trying to get it removed saying it is “dangerous for the kids playing” (whatever) and the minute one of them does get cut up and the bloody pics go viral – well then you get the bleeding hearts – and it is just not permanent enough – I think BOTH are needed

Also, the policy of detaining Central Americans should be the same as Mexicans – deport immediately – period

Sande
Sande

No one cares about the pics anymore.
Don’t go near the wire and you won’t get hurt.

Snipes McTopshelf
Snipes McTopshelf

LOL. You and Ann do have one characteristic in common. You’re attention seekers. It’s all about the both of you, Salty.

There’s plenty of people that are single issue, ‘2,000 mile wall/barrier’ voters. You and Ann aren’t the only ones. Hell, there are a few that comment here, but they’re not self aggrandizing.

You’ll never get it. It’s not your message that’s off putting, it’s how you deliver said message.

Lastly, you’ll be back posting here. You can’t help yourself. FTR, most of your opinions are spot on. Try working on the delivery.

Sande
Sande

Why?
You don’t have to defend yourself,
just make the needed comments and let the false prophets do what they do.
Fight the good fight.
Be a Jeremiah, Salty, don’t give up.
Even if you end up having to write the lamentaions, don’t give up.
It’s for love of God and country man!

Snipes McTopshelf
Snipes McTopshelf

Sande, who anointed you to decide who’s a false prophet?

The problem with Salty, is that he’s not as informed as he thinks he is, plus he always thinks he’s right. Pride isn’t very biblical, is it Sande?

RandyLee
RandyLee

wow it just pisses you off when Trump doesn’t do things your way. amazing. I’m not sure who you think you are but I can sure tell you who you aren’t…..the President of the United States.

OldSaltUSNR
OldSaltUSNR

I’ll bet that emotional, ad hominem, intellectually void argument made you feel good all over. I feel properly “told off”. Same old shit another day. Told Kane I was gone, and I mean it, but you guys are just so tempting … lol.

Snipes McTopshelf
Snipes McTopshelf

Says the guy who constantly beats the dead horse. Yes Salty, it’s the same old shit another day.
Please gain some self awareness.

Snipes McTopshelf
Snipes McTopshelf

Salty, you might want to read your links. Redirected from Slate:

“However, testing by DHS in late 2017 showed ALL eight prototypes, including the steel slats, were vulnerable to breaching, according to an internal February 2018 U.S. Customs and Border Protection report”.

This is in regards to breaching the steel slats, that you took the bait from Slate/NBC:

“While the design currently being constructed was informed by what we learned in the prototypes, it does not replicate those designs,” said Waldman. “The steel bollard design is internally reinforced with materials that require time and multiple industrial tools to breach, thereby providing U.S. Border Patrol agents additional response time to affect a successful law enforcement resolution. In the event that one of the steel bollards becomes damaged, it is quick and cost-effective to repair”.

And this:
“The professionals on the border know that a wall system is intended not only to prevent entry, it is intended to defer and to increase the amount of time and effort it takes for one to enter so that we can respond with limited border patrol agents. Even a wall that is being breached is a valuable tool in that it allows us to respond to the attempted illegal entry.”

Sande
Sande

Thank you for your post.
Keep posting please.
Prophets are never accepted in their own hometown.
But it still needs to be said.

Snipes McTopshelf
Snipes McTopshelf

Sande, Salty is far from a prophet. I don’t know why you and Salty come off as Christian standard bearers, but have no clue that you’re light years away from being one.
Please refrain from using biblical references, unless you’re ok with being a hypocrite.

StopAgenda21Sustainability
StopAgenda21Sustainability

You are right.

ToucheDoritosDos
ToucheDoritosDos

Just fyi, I often forget to turn on the notify bell for replies. I just now checked my email and saw some replies from you and others for other posts that have since aged out. My bad.

On topic: in the clip POTUS talks about painting the metal surfaces so unless something goes wrong, it sounds like what is being put up is going to get painted.

Mat
Mat

It’s six miles of replacement barrier… So forgetting the “replacement” part, 6 miles every 35 months equals no wall in anyone’s life time…

Miller
Miller

It’s the section going across the rio grand river. Getting the hardest part done first.

White House Clown
White House Clown

Trump will never get the money for the wall as long as Mitch McConnell, aka The Turtle has his head buried in swamp mud. Mitch will never do what is right for the voters and must be voted out along with all the closet RINO’s.

ToucheDoritosDos
ToucheDoritosDos

I read a few weeks back over at Breitbart that it’s kind of an open secret that there is pot of funds that the POTUS can draw from that requires no permission from Congress to access. I’m confident that he’s working every angle he can behind the scenes to circumvent the Pelosi/Schumer obstructionism. What we need to do is show up in gigantic numberrs and vote every Repub into office everywhere that we can because frankly, the only bloodless answer the Dems will hear and begrudgingly accept is a thorough defeat by landslide after landslide. Something so dramatic they have to go home, lick their wounds and seriously re-think what they’re doing.

ToucheDoritosDos
ToucheDoritosDos

KANE: As I just told JS, I often forget to check my email for days on end. Sometimes I hit the notify bell for replies, sometimes I don’t and then I forget which I commented on, so I didn’t see your reply on a different post of some days ago until today. Now I know that posts are maintained for just a few days (I’ll stop bookmarking them) and that I need to hit the bell and check my email more frequently when I do comment. Also, re viewing videos, I have tried turning off the security features of my browser to see if they are the culprits and it doesn’t make a difference. So, who knows. I have this problem over at Twitchy as well, but not at Breitbart or FrontPageMag, the only other sites I comment at.

In any case, thanks for the info. Really like your place, it’s one of the pages that auto-launch when I fire up the interweb in the morning and I do recommend you to other commenters. Prosit.

Snipes McTopshelf
Snipes McTopshelf

A reporter asked AOC about her opinion of Roe v Wade.

She responded saying those were the only two ways people can enter the U.S. via the Rio Grande.

Sande
Sande

Nine months?
Will they be able to build the wall with all those people walking through their construction site?

Snipes McTopshelf
Snipes McTopshelf

My guess is that border agents will be present and/or law enforcement, to not only protect the workers, but to protect the equipment from sabatoge.

Larry Holmgren
Larry Holmgren

Six miles in nine months? Too slow. Why can’t it be built like the railroads were built?
Plan the path, prepare the ground, plan the logistics, lay the foundation, lay the track, finish the track.
Cement dries in seven days. Make it under budget and ahead of schedule.

JS
JS

This video shows they will build a lot more than six miles….this is construction happening now in New Mexico