How Tall Will The Wall Have To Be?

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By Kevin Roeten:

Kevin Roeten
Science Editor

Now, President Trump’s signature proposal of a wall between the US and Mexico is a giant step closer to being realized.

Last week, it was announced the approval of $1.6 million for the wall. Trump said this was a big win for our country. This new approval will be in the 2018 fiscal year bill, and will provide funding for the border between the US and Mexico.

The bill details a money plan, and its actual building. DHS stated, “On the DHS side it’s clear that we’ve gotten a direction to secure the southern border, that a wall and barrier is part of that process along with people and technology and that funding from Congress is required for us to move forward  ‎ Trump says generating power—though photovoltaic cells—could make wall pay for itself. He proposes solar panels on top of the border wall.

During a campaign-style rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Trump publicly described the idea of a wall along the 1,990-mile Mexican border could double as a solar power plant. Trump said: “We’re thinking about building the wall as a solar wall, so it creates energy, and pays for itself. For the wall, the companies best positioned to win bids are SunPower and First Solar Inc., both based in the US.

Los Angeles County gave $1.3b to illegals for welfare, with a capital “B.” That’s only for welfare payouts between 2015 and 2016, per Fox News. L.A. County sucks in illegals, with over a million already. Not only is it hallowed sanctuary ground, it’s also taxpayer-dole-out central. From Robert Rector [Heritage Foundation]: “They get $3 in benefits for every $1 they spend,” He spoke of the costs of education, police, fire, medical and housing illegals get. In 2015, it was determined illegals received $602 million in benefits. In 2016, more than $675 million was given. Why are sanctuary cities necessary at all???

In 2013, California spent a total of $25.3 billion on illegals. That should probably be double that amount. Democrats are fueling all taxpayer hand-outs. Taking citizen tax dollars to support people who are taking over the country is insane. But chief among Trump’s executive concerns is walling the border. Not allowing sanctuary cities! A country where taxes are given to illegals, is a country crashing into bankruptcy.


“This is about keeping Americans safe,” Paul Ryan said. “We are committed to working with the administration to stop the influx of illegal immigration along the southern border, protect our homeland, and uphold the rule of law. I applaud President Trump for keeping his promise to make this a national priority.”

U.S. taxpayers suffer $100 billion annual burden from influx from undocumented illegals.

Citing an estimated $100 billion recurring annual burden placed on taxpayers for services provided to illegals, President Dan Stein [FAIR] said in a recent USA Today op-ed, “Even at the high end of the one-time cost estimate for constructing a wall, in the $15 to $25 billion range, the structures are cheap at twice the price.” A widely cited FAIR report published in 2013 claims illegals could cost taxpayers $113 billion annually. In 2018, that will likely triple.

“Criminal and deportable aliens in the hands of [Detention and Removal Office] authorities are either transported to the border, if Mexican, or flown to their homeland,” the report emphasized. “Some Mexicans also are flown to the interior of their country rather than being put across the border where many would be likely to attempt to reenter the US illegally.”

Drugs and Crime

The Drug Enforcement Administration, DEA, views the problem of easy access in terms of murderous Mexican Transnational Criminal Organizations, or TCOs. The DEA reiterated in its most recent National DrugThreat Assessment, NDTA. They said “Mexican TCOs remain the greatest criminal drug threat to the United States; no other group is currently positioned to challenge them.” These TCOs hold territorial influence across huge swaths of Mexico to produce and transport multi-ton quantities of illicit drugs over the border.

Mexican TCO members, with ties to “leading cartel figures in Mexico”, enter the US illegally, often concealing operations within densely-populated Mexican communities. The Mexican TCOs’ control of “lucrative smuggling corridors across the US southwest border” allow them to deliver their “poly-drug portfolio” of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana” and other substances to US markets. Violence plaguing Mexicofrom drug cartels has extended across the border into the US.

Human Carnage

Mexico continues to be “the main foreign supplier to the U.S. market of heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana,” CRS said. “U.S.-Mexican Security Cooperation: The Mérida Initiative and Beyond. It remains a major transit country for cocaine sold in the United States.”

From 2010-2015, US seizures of methamphetamine increased 305 percent, while the heroin seized doubled, per the Federation of American Scientists“Surging U.S. demand has fueled increasing opium cultivation and heroin production in Mexico, as well as drug trafficking-related violence in areas where groups are vying to control production,” per the report. But violent crime continues to threaten security in Mexico, as well ascities in the US Southwest border. Violence has claimed over 100,000 since December 2006.

Trump’s proposal to impose a 20 percent tariff on Mexican goods to help pay for his border-wall plan is entirely lawful, per the Cato InstituteDan Ikenson, director of Cato’s Trade Policy Studies, acknowledged Trump’s proposal complies with the letter of the law, and several statutes.

Per Heritage Foundation: “There is no question that all of these actions, taken together, will be a major step in getting our illegal population under control, securing our border, and deterring and reducing the huge influx of illegals into the US spurred by Obama administration’s lax policies,” according to Hans von Spakovsky. Mexico’s drug cartel will spill across our southern border and claim American lives if there’s no wall! Per the International Institute for Strategic Studies [IISS], Mexico is now the second-deadliest nation on earth, with 23,000 war-related deaths in 2016 alone.

HR 1813, the Border Wall Funding Act, authorizes the wall immediately and making Mexico pay for it through a transfer tax on cash Mexican workers take and send home back home. These payments sent back to Mexico [remittances] are drug proceeds and untaxed cash paid to illegals. Bill HR 1813 will start the wall. In 2006 every Republican voted for HR 6061 to build a 700-mile-long section of wall on the most porous areas.They could collect as much as 2 billion a year, with a 2 percent fee on all the money illegals send home.

Trump’s Illegal Immigration Numbers Show Huge Changes

Accelerated deportations are occurring after seeing huge increases in arresting illegals inside the US. Trump is still well ahead of the Obama era with the number of illegals snared, down by 46 percent in July compared with the same period last year. Deportations are also moving faster, issuing 50,000 removal orders. At the border, the US has the lowest number of apprehensions in four decades. In the interior, arrests by U.S. Immigration are up. Homeland Security officials say fewer people caught at the border means fewer people who are deported.

But there is a spike in the numbers of families and Unaccompanied Alien Children [UACs] who are jumping the border. UACs were at about 1,000 a month. But UACs are now over 2,500 a month, and family apprehensions were 3,400 in July. During the Obama surge, the number was over 10,000 a month, each for UAC and family apprehensions. U.S. Customs at the ports of entry recorded 6,833 inadmissible aliens trying to enter. The Border Patrol, apprehended 18,198 people who had sneaked across the border. The combined number of 25,031, is lower than any month under Obama dating back to December 2011. The gains are stunning. In July 2016, the Border Patrol incarcerated 33,737 illegals. That amount is 85 percent more than this year. This will be the fifth anniversary of Obama’s deportation amnesty for Dreamers, known as [DACA].

Why are all these Mexicans running for the border? It’s known at least 61 percent have some sort of criminal intent. If true naturalization of undocumented illegals can occur with a simple document, why aren’t more illegals taking that course? Are they afraid to become naturalized?

And, it’s widely known any illegal will vote 80% Democrat if possible. If we don’t get a reign immediately on illegal entrance, there will not be any America left, much less any Republicans…


Kevin Roeten can be reached at roetenks@CHARTER.NET.

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CHO's science editor Kevin Roeten is a former Chemical Engineer. He enjoys riding the third rail of journalism: politics and religion. As an orthodox Catholic, Roeten appreciates the juxtaposition of the two supposedly incompatible subjects.   Kevin is a Guest Columnist for the Asheville Citizen-Times, and the Independent (Ohio), and writes for numerous blogs (Nolan Chart, Allvoices) and newspapers, including USA Today.   A collaborator in the book Americans on Politics, Policy, and Pop Culture (Jason Wright and Aaron Lee), he is also an amateur astronomer, and delves into scientific topics.   Kevin Roeten can be reached at