Border Security With A Wall

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By Kevin Roeten:

Kevin Roeten
Science Editor

Over a hundred walls are in in existence throughout world. Trump’s Border Wall for America simply stops most illegals. Currently, the illegal flow encourages the savage number of the MS-14 gang members, who will kill on a whim. Many of the illegals would like to enter to wreak havok. They don’t want to be discovered. As a result of such activity, the US taxpayers suffer over $100 billion annual burden from illegal influx.

US could collect billions if there was a 2 percent fee on all the money Mexicans send back home. This 2-percent is well over $2 billion a year. Rep. Mike Rogers: “This bill is simple — anyone who sends their money to countries that benefit from our porous borders and illegal immigration should be responsible for providing some of the funds needed to complete the wall. Mexico sees the majority of remittances from the U.S., with an estimated $24 billion alone going to our neighbor in 2015.”

Here an abandoned car sits on top a small fence, but could not get down.

The U.S. has an extremely low cost to send money home, at 6%. Canada’s rate is twice that, other world economies hover around 8%. Trump hinted at remittances as one option for footing the bill for his border wall. Remittances are also a source of money not offering much chance for retribution against Americans. With $133 billion shipped abroad in 2015, Americans sent only $7 billion back to the U.S. in remittances that year.

It’s been decided a border wall will be erected near the Mexican border, The Border Security for America Act, passed on a party-line [18-12] vote. Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent illegal immigration and terrorism.

Donald Trump’s proposal for the U.S.-Mexico border isn’t outdated. It’s a sign of the times.

What If Mexico Really Does Pay for Trump’s Wall?

With a desire in parts of the world for separation, was exponentially apparently after the 9/11 attacks, certainly exposed hazards of freewheeling integration. Increasingly, separation is being achieved through physical barriers. A statistic cited about spread of walls comes from a study by political scientists. Of the 51 fortified boundaries built between countries since the end of World War II, around half were constructed between 2000-2014. Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexican border has more than doubled in height, soaring higher than the Berlin Wall and Great Wall of China.

How Should Mexico Respond to Donald Trump?

As president, Trump would:

1 ) slash U.S. funding for NATO and the UN

2) pressure Japan and South Korea to  pay more for hosting U.S. troops

3) develop own nuclear weapons to stop relying on America’s nuclear deterrent

4) coerce Saudi Arabia into “reimbursing” the U.S. for protecting the kingdom

5) make Japan, Saudi Arabia, and others for the protection we extend as allies

Constructing a wall along America’ 2,000-mile border will be the largest infrastructure project  in the U.S. since Eisenhower’s system.

Trump says the wall will cost approximately $12 billion. That Mexican officialsare vehemently denying they’ll pay for the wall, is simply folly. In his immigration-reform plan, the Trump lists several ways to force the Mexican government to pay up. The U.S. will:

1)  impound all remittance payments derived from illegal wages

2)  increase fees on all temporary visas issued to major source of visa overstays

3)  increase fees on all NAFTA worker visas from Mexico, which includes Mexican CEOs and diplomats

4)  increase fees on all issued 1 million Mexican border crossing cards to Mexican nationals each year

Trump plans to use America’s $58-billion trade deficit with Mexico. Americans purchased $58 billionmore on goods and services from Mexico than Mexicans bought from the US.  And it is learned the Mexican government’s finances are relatively healthy.

But on remittances,  Mexicans send that money back to their families in Mexico. Either they make a single payment to the US to pay for the wall, or lose the $23 billion in remittances Mexico receives every year from illegals working in the US. Trump stated blocking remittances would likely be a good way to compel Mexico to pay for the wall. Trump would also have illegals present their legal documents before wiring money outside the US.  It’s likely Mexican officials will protest, but they’ll capitulate and “make a one-time payment of $5-10 billion. to prevent the regulation from going into effect. Remittances serve “as de facto welfare for poor families in Mexico,”  Trump explains. It should be an easy decision for Mexico.

It was 1954 the last time US asked Mexico to pay for all the illegals staying here. Later, Eisenhower conducted mass deportations of undocumented Mexican illegals. Jessica VaughanCenter for Immigration Studies, also favors strict immigration enforcement. Vaughan says the US should attack one of the cartel’s biggest source of finances – human trafficking. “As long as people think they could reach the United States, they keep paying the cartels to do it,” she said.  “Our lax immigration policies, our sanctuary policies, and the inability to make progress on drug abuse problems in the US are what have enriched the cartels to begin with.’’

Tunnels Under The Border

Oct. 21, 2015 photo released by Mexico’s Federal Police shows an underground tunnel that police say was built to smuggle drugs from Tijuana, Mexico to San Diego in the United States. Mexican federal police said the tunnel extends about 2,600 feet (800 meters) and is lit, ventilated, equipped with a rail car system, and lined with metal beams to prevent collapse. (Mexico Federal Police via AP)

Since 1990, federal agents have discovered more than 200 tunnels under the existing border with Mexico, which they have then filled with concrete. Tunnels can get under walls, but the Border Patrol has clamped down pretty tight on illegal influx. But new tunnels are built frequently. The US-Mexico border is literally riddled with tunnels.

Crucially, Trump has also floated the idea of Mexico paying for the wall through a “tax,” in the form of new U.S. tariffs on imports from Mexico.  Of these measures, the remittance regulations, the visa fees, the trade wars, are distinctly possible.  The renegotiation of NAFTA, the deportation of unauthorized immigrants en masse, would mean Trump actually means what

Trump pointed out the effectiveness of Israel’s border fence to the President of Mexico, saying: “Israel has a wall and everyone said do not build a wall, walls do not work — 99.9 percent of people trying to come across that wall he says. cannot get across.”  Shockingly, it’s widely known any illegal will likely vote 80% Democrat. If we don’t get a reign immediately on illegal entrance, there will not be any America left, much less any Republicans.

The Legal Way To Be Naturalized

Around 750,000 people every year are naturalized. Going the rigors of naturalization is a much easier method of becoming a citizen with legal voting rights, than clandestine border crossing. Certainly, a Sanctuary City can literally be a cesspool of carnage, when almost all laws don’t apply to them. Recently, border agents have discovered well over 200 underground tunnels below the border. All have been closed up since discovery, but it’s likely many more exist even now.

Solar Wall Possibility

A solar border wall would generate approximately 7.28 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity each day (2,657.2 GWh per year) and power 220,000 average-size homes annually, per one solar installation firm. Other estimates reach as high as 8,431 GWh annually. The electricity production would be worth approximately $106 million per year. Not considering the multi-billion-dollar construction cost of the wall itself, the solar array installation could cost between $1.4-4.2 billion

Gleason Partners LLC This is the proposed Mexico side of the wall. Solar panels in the US generally face south to maximize sunlight.

Electricity Generated By Solar Border Wall  

Oregon-based solar installation firm called Elemental Energy calculated a wall with 10-foot-high solar paneling would generate approximately 7.28 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity each day. Elemental’s owner John Grieser, explained: He calculated solar panels would be mounted to the wall at a fixed tilt. Each panel would have 72 cells, and measure 78 inches high. The US southern border measures nearly 2,000 miles across four states, but only about half length is on unobstructed land. A thousand miles is equal to 63.36 million inches. When you divide the size of each panel [78”], you get 812,308 columns of panels.

Trump said the wall would be 40-50 feet high. Multiplying 812,307 by five, you get 4,061,538 total panels. Since 72-cell modules usually produce 350 watts, you end up with about 1.4 billion watts of power. Grieser says that’s enough to power 220,000 average-size homes annually. He notes the US-Mexico border is very sunny. Even with a system efficiency of 80% the 1.4 GW array would generate about 2,657.2 GWh annually — worth over $106 million per year. Other analysts, such as Jigar Shah, co-founder of Generate Capital, estimates 6,600 GWh annually, while clean energy consultant Adam Siegel estimates 8,431 GWh annually.

When Trump floated the idea of a solar wall, he said the electricity produced would help pay for the wall itself. Per Grieser, with the wall’s construction at $21.6 billion, a solar-powered barrier would eventually pay for itself, by continuing to produce over $106 million/per year. We already grant 1 million legal permanent residencies to people from around the world every year. That’s expected to increase to 10.5 million green cards by 2025. lllegals living in Los Angeles County were handed almost $1.3 billion in welfare payouts between the months of 2015 and 2016, It is not “fascist,” “racist” or “xenophobic” to close our front door to tens of thousands more while we get our own house in order. It is self-preservationist.

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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 roetenks@charter.net.