17 January 2019
Here's an interesting aspect of a border wall with Mexico
I was flipping past TV channels the other day and heard a new observation about "the wall." I don't know whether it was part of a pro-wall or anti-wall comment, and I don't know who was speaking, but the gist was something I had not heard before.
If a wall is built along the length of the U.S./Mexico border, the easternmost part will have to contend with the presence of the Rio Grande river. For practical reasons, the wall cannot be built in the river - it has to be on the shore, and on the American side.
This means that if anyone crosses the river (easy to do - you can wade across at certain places in certain seasons) they would be standing on United States soil and could ask for asylum. They wouldn't need to cross the wall.
An interesting observation. I'll leave the Comments section open for a while, as long as discussion remains civil.
Addendum: The basic principles mentioned above have now been fully elaborated, with photos, in this Washington Post article.
Addendum #2: A Los Angeles Times article elucidates Five Misconceptions About The Border Wall.
BTW and unrelated: "In the 1640's the Dutch inhabitants of New Amsterdam built a 12' wall to keep the bad hombres out. In 1664 the British ignored the wall and took New Amsterdam by sea. It's now called New York."
Image annotated from the original here.
Labels: world geopolitics