Securing America's
Southern Border
"Fences and walls have been natural defensive
responses by human beings from the very
beginning to the present." ~ Barry M. Baker
When you listen to all the people who say that a
fence simply won’t work to provide security on
America’s boarder with Mexico, they must be taking
that wisdom from the fact that there is no market
demand for fence manufacturing and sales in the
United States.  

Wait a minute…

That statement isn’t factual at all…is it?  Fences of
all types appear just about everywhere; residential,
commercial, government properties and along
highways.  The types of fences are determined only
by the purposes they’re intended to achieve.  When
it comes to security, height and strength are the
first considerations.

When you become a police officer, there will be
times when you’ll wish that fences weren’t so
plentiful.  You’ll have to scale fences when in pursuit
of suspects, and fences will hinder you when
responding to burglar alarms at residences and
commercial establishments.
As a police officer, you’re going to be constantly
confronted with people making absurd arguments
to justify their irrational or illegal behavior.  There’s
not any difference between those people and those
who will try to convince you that a border fence will
do nothing to significantly enhance the security of
the United States.  Fences and walls have been
natural defensive responses by human beings from
the very beginning to the present.

The “fence won’t work” crowd is always looking for
examples of people barriers that didn’t work.  One
good example is the Maginot Line which France
constructed between the World Wars to prevent
Germany from invading France.  The Maginot Line
was much more than just a people barrier; it was a
massively fortified line of defense to stop a German
Army; until, the French military could be fully
mobilized.  As it turned out, the French had plenty
of time to mobilize at the outbreak of World War II
before the German invasion.  They even had time to
move their divisions, along with a British
Expeditionary Force, into Belgium to meet the
German Army.

The French thought they had everything pretty well
covered.  The Maginot Line protected the south,
and their superior allied forces awaited the German
onslaught through Belgium.  However, the Maginot
Line stopped at the Ardennes Forest which the
French believed to be a natural barrier.  Of course,
the Germans exploited the French over confidence
in nature by invading through the Ardennes Forest
bypassing the Maginot Line and trapping the allied
armies in Belgium.

One can argue that the Maginot Line worked better
than anyone would have anticipated by the simple
fact that the German Army completely avoided
contact with the Line.  The obvious flaw in the
Maginot Line was that it stopped at the Ardennes
Forest, and the German Army confronted only a few
under strength and ill equipped French divisions
when they invaded through the Ardennes.

Okay, let’s move 76 years ahead to 2015 and the
border between the United States and Mexico.  No
one’s advocating a Maginot Line type of barrier to
control illegal immigration.  One would think that is
the case with all the resistance to building any kind
of fence to stem the flow of illegal entry into the
United States.

While politicians would like to convince everyone
that construction of a southern border fence would
compare to the expense and complexity of a
Maginot Line, they completely ignore one fence from
recent history that had incredible success in denying
people illegal entry.  Actually, the word entry is not
appropriate.  This fence denied people illegal exit.

This fence stretched for 858 miles across Germany
separating East and West Germany.  Americans
have incredibly short memories.  If you’re young,
and you have a college education, you’ve probably
never even heard of the Inner German Border.  The
Inner German Border Fence began construction in
1952, and it didn’t come down until the fall of the
Berlin Wall in 1989 which was totally separate from
the Inner German Border.
I visited the Inner German Border in 1984.  It was
hard to imagine that such a huge man made barrier
could enclose an entire country.  You just had to
put things into perspective.  While the dual fence,
with high steel mushroom shaped observation
towers, stretched as far as the eye could see was
nothing short of intimidating, it wasn’t any more
complicated than constructing an interstate
highway.  I was particularly impressed by the
observation towers which stood about every
thousand meters.  The top of the towers had one
way glass all around.  I learned that entry and exit
from the towers was done by way of tunnels.  In
other words, I had no idea if I was trading stares
with an East German soldier or an empty piece of

Now, the first thing that most politically correct
opponents of an American southern border fence
would probably ask me is, “How can you suggest
that a model used by a totalitarian regime like the
former East Germany be emulated by the United
States?”  I would have to point out that these same
opponents think that Communist economics are far
superior to Capitalism.  My question is, how can
people embrace the ruinous economics of
Communism or Socialism [Communism light], and
deny something the Communists got right for the
purpose intended?  That purpose was denying
people from crossing a border.  The only obscene
part of the barrier was that it was used to imprison
the citizens of a country instead of denying illegal
entry into that country.  Nothing is impossible when
it comes to absurd views, but I doubt than anyone
could say that a secure American southern border
fence would imprison Americans.

In the interest of economy, I’d suggest that the
blue prints for the Inner German Border Fence could
be obtained from German Archives.  Then again,
they could be in Moscow.

Seriously… there is no obstacle, other than politics
and political corruption, preventing the United
States federal government from securing America’s
border with Mexico.

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