The old English adage rings in my ears. “You cannot bolt a door with a boiled carrot.” In the same way, you cannot protect a national border, without a credible deterrent – that is, a wall. As federal and state leaders quarrel, joust and fret, Americans are stepping in to build it.
No kidding, waiting, or wasting more time. In each of the past two months, more than 100,000 illegal entrants have crossed into the United States. Those are near record numbers. Whatever you think about how America should manage, assimilate, return, reject or otherwise hear and resolve cases of those already in the country, borders are not borders if left unenforced.
The unalterable reality – that our southern border is not only penetrable, but is being persistently penetrated, that dotted lines on maps do not actual borders make – has moved a group of Americans to act.
As reported this weekend, a private organization entitled “We Build the Wall” has begun to do just that. They are not waiting for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) or a fractured, strangely disoriented, inexplicably anti-wall Democratic Caucus to solve their problem. They are solving it.
President Trump laid out the case – cogently and with numbers – for the wall, and for understanding that 100,000 illegal entrants per month is literally swamping our ability to humanely process, never mind house, feed, absorb, integrate and assimilate these illegal aliens, many of whom are young, virtually all of whom are impoverished, some sick, others tied to drug and human trafficking gangs.
Enter the American can-do spirit, and action in the face of intentional Democratic inaction. The civilian “We Build the Wall” organization is focused, for now, on the need for a high-integrity border wall along the so-called El Paso sector of the border. The reason for starting there is no mystery; drug and human smugglers game the open border in this sector.
Of necessity, the real wall is coming to life on private land. The need for protection is objective, above dispute by any political party in this sector, and presents both immediate and longer-term public safety and health concerns.
Again, on the numbers, just under 1,000 illegal entrants are apprehended a day in this sector, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Patrol. How many penetrate the sector – entering America – un-apprehended is anyone’s guess.
Similarly, while we catch a percentage of drug traffickers, most experts assess that far more drugs enter the United States than are apprehended. The southwest border is a prime corridor for trafficking the poisons into our society.
And if anyone still doubts the flood of foreign drugs into the United States, just consult local law enforcement anywhere in the country, or those triaging overdoses, drugged driving accidents, and drug-related crime victims in America’s emergency rooms. The ER doctors will tell you what no one wants to hear – the crisis is upon us.
At the southern border, can-do now appears to be the phrase of the day, if only on private land. And this example of can-do is especially interesting. That border sector – and the starting point for this private wall – was described by the Army Corp of Engineers as unbuildable, too rugged to allow for success.
Interestingly, as we go from Memorial Day to celebration success against impossible odds on D-Day, June 6, 1944, one is put in mind of the way we Americans think. We often delay action we could have taken earlier, but once we start – we are hard to stop.
The border is becoming a genuine crisis, one that all Americans want solved – regardless of what their national leaders seem willing to finance, with their tax dollars. Older Americans have had enough and want to protect a country for which many went to war. So, they appear to be tackling protection of a sector that officials say is “too rugged” to protect. We shall see.
Meantime never count the average American out, or his or her unified town, or any peaceful and patriotic collection of can-do American doers and builders – intent on defending their rights, land and homes.
In this way, whether building the wall on private land goes beyond the El Paso sector or not, whether the private wall goes up slow or fast, it offers a powerful, poignant, proscriptive and historic example to the United States Congress. It also sends a strong signal to the federal courts, which seem to think blocking money for the President’s signature priority – the wall – is good for them. Nothing could be further from the truth. Why? Because “you cannot bolt a door with a boiled carrot.”