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The Border Wall: Construction, Costs and Migration. by The Elephant's Child
April 6, 2021, 10:26 pm
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The Washington Times reported that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told his departmental employees that he may restart border wall construction to plug what he called “gaps: in the current barrier”.

In a conversation with ICE employees last week, Mr. Mayorkas was asked about his plans for the wall and he said that while Mr. Biden has canceled the border emergency and halted Pentagon money flowing to the wall, “that leaves room to make decisions” on finishing some “gaps in the wall.”

Donald J. Trump left office with 460 miles of border wall constructed, but in many difficult spots, gaps were left open to be filled with different equipment or streams to be diverted, stuff like that. The open gaps, of course, are a magnet for illegals or drugs to cross without interference and cannot all be manned 24/7. Contracts were issued to construction companies to deal with whatever the cause of the gap, and finish up the wall.

Construction contracts involve big costs like moving in heavy equipment, some rented at immense cost, hiring workers, that sort of thing, so they are firm, and involve significant cost. In the current case, the contracts to close the gaps left in the constructed wall are costing taxpayers about $6 million a day, because they have been halted. That can add up to a rather hefty sum rather quickly, which probably has something to do with Secretary Mayorkas’ announcement.

Enter Victor Davis Hanson with an article at American Greatness titled “Donald J. Trump: Joe Biden’s Best Friend”, which is a hilarious account of President Biden’s efforts to blame anything and everything that might embarrass the administration on the former president. Biden was even trying to claim that Trump didn’t do anything significant about the vaccine and he, Biden, was the one who was actually saving America from Covid-19. And there was Biden in late December, not yet inaugurated, getting his second vaccination shot.

Back in 2015, Christiana Figueres, General Secretary of the IPCC, announced at a press conference that the Climate Crisis presented the best opportunity to rid the world of dreaded Capitalism. 2021, and the world is trying desperately to get into the dreaded Capitalist country because it offers better pay, more opportunity, more peace, free schooling, little things like that. She undoubtedly knew back then that there was no real climate crisis.

President Biden says that the root causes of migration are hurricanes, earthquakes and floods. Unfortunately migration itself breeds more migration, and migrants write back to say how much better they’re doing. The unaccompanied children at the border are often there because a parent is already in country, and paying coyotes to get them across. One of the common myths is that South-North migration is driven by poverty and under-development, but most migration does not occur from the poorest countries nor the poorest segments of the population. Actually development and modernization initially lead to more migration, not less.

The migration legislation of all of the countries surveyed [El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico] requires parental authorization for all minors traveling outside of the country. The laws of Mexico and Guatemala make possession of a passport a mandatory requirement for travel, and Honduran law prohibits the travel of unaccompanied minors.

Unfortunately the president has a lot of misunderstandings about Migration matters. It would surely help if Democrats were not so anxious to increase their control of Congress and the country, by increasing their numbers of voters and congressional representation. Congress has set formal limits on the number of new immigrants the United States can receive in a year. I believe it was a million immigrants a year. That has more or less gone out the window with big flows of temporary workers, illegal immigrants, visitors overstaying, and special workers for the Tech industry who work for less than our own Tech graduates, I guess.

Then there are the little matters of who gets what. Do all these temporary workers get a stimulus check? Have you received a stimulus check? Do all the illegals get a stimulus check, or do those just go to actual citizens? That seems to be completely unclear. President Biden is apparently unconcerned about the enormous National Debt he is racking up with stimuluses and infrastructuring and offshore wind farms and trying to get rid of carbon dioxide and welcome migrants. Some of the people he has put in charge of the energy sector seem to think we should push for a change to all-electric cars promptly, but the Japanese who just had an edict for a complete change-over to a transportation system run on electricity instead of petroleum products, but have found out to their terror and astonishment that they do not have enough electricity to accomplish that, nor the ability to produce enough and are trying desperately to warn the Americans who pay no attention. Joe Biden is pushing for offshore wind farms off all three coasts. The current administration seems to be completely unfamiliar with Solyndra.

And then there’s the little matter of actually getting the American people all vaccinated.

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