Wednesday, April 5, 2017

We May Not Need It


While walking my dog in the park this morning, I phoned my sister-in-law to find out what’s going on in her part of central Texas.

We are both concerned about the wall our president wants to build between Mexico and Texas. It presents a couple of obvious challenges. The legal border between the two countries is the Rio Grande River. If the wall is built on U.S. territory, are we willing to give the land between it and the river to Mexico? It may not seem like much to us, but it does belong to someone who might need every little bit of land they own to make a living.

As a developer, I'm surprised our current president isn't more considerate of the potential loss of useable land.

There’s also the question of Big Bend National Paark. It's gigantic. The suggestion has been made that it would be easiest to build the wall around the northern boundaries and leave the park to be policed by the border patrol. If this is done, tourists to the park would theoretically be required to present a passport to visit Big Bend. The thought that any elected official would consider placing that majestic park outside our national boundaries is ludicrous.

The latest number of illegal aliens crossing the border between Mexico and the U.S. has been reduced to 18% of the recent past. They’ve heard our laws are being enforced and are staying away. Perhaps we won’t need the wall after all.

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