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Secure the boarder first! Obvious; however, how do we do this? First, let’s identify what “secure” means; then pass a bill by Congress. It’s up to the Executive branch of government to reach the “secure” objective. When the Executive branch believes the boarder is secure, they present these “facts” to the Congress. If the Congress agrees by a super majority (60%), then an immigration program will be put in place. Each year, the Executive branch must submit the “secure” statistics to the Congress for agreement – forever and forever.
Great idea, but it comes with one rather large (potentially) problem: The differences between the Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico and the potential for the exchange of flora and fauna from one to the other which may result in significant ecological problems. (Yes, I know about the Panama Canal’s connecting the two, but it has a major difference: a significant body of FRESH water intervening as well as the number of locks between the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico.
Should the actual construction of same be considered it would have to be mandatory prior to the first shovel full being removed that an impact statement be presented.
Another “minor” problem might well be the intersection of the Rio Grande with such a canal. If properly designed the Rio could provide the necessary “buffer” as does Lake Gatun.
Certainly a novel and exciting suggestion! Might go a long way to having fence jumping and tunnel digging become obsolete. Especially if a “center channel” of a greater depth be run down through the middle in areas where tunnels are/could be a problem. Nothing would deter more digging than a bunch of ‘miners’ having their hold suddenly fill with water, drowning them all.
The term secure our borders is simple yet complex. What we have neglected to do is use our natural boundaries to the south to their greatest advantage. The current border fences can be breached by going over or under. Our borders are breached with tunnels and the thought of utilizing military personnel who would likely be under rules of engagement and political directives to prevent them for completing their tasks make the current systems untenable at best.
We are facing two issues that can be corrected by one solution. Those two issues are unemployment in our country and illegal immigration.
The excavation of a waterway following the southern border from the Gulf of Mexico on the east to the Pacific Ocean on the west not less than two miles wide and at a uniform level depth ( to eliminate he need for locks) of 250 feet would solve both issues. It would provide a trade route from coast to coast which would reduce pollution from truck and rail traffic, speed the transportation of international shipping, allow for a port distribution industry across the country, provide pleasure craft with a safer route from the east to west coast and simplify border monitoring through the use of Navy and Coast Guard patrols on the water, Army on land and Air Force through manned and unmanned aircraft.
The biggest issues are how to acquire the land, where to get the skilled labor and how to pay for it .
Acquiring land through eminent domain is the easiest part of the solution and with the sheer number of unemployed, underemployed and able bodied currently on Welfare and scam disability( those whos’ unemployment ran out) there is a major workforce available.
Paying for it is a simple formula. Just look at the minimum fees charged by the Panama Canal, the only current available waterway from the Pacific to the Atlantic. They range from $800.00 to $3200.00 per vessel which are going up April 1, 2016 and by delving more deeply into the rates can average $350,000.00 per container vessel or for cruise ships, $134.00 per bed or with an average of 1400 beds per ship that accounts for $188,000.00 per ship. It wouldn’t take long to pay for itself.
This is a permanent solution to a problem that has been plaguing us for decades.