By Trey Rusk
Are the people planning to build a border wall near the Rio Grande border out of their minds? Has anyone looked closely at Google Maps? The Rio Grande River in South Texas does not flow in a straight line. In some places, you can actually cross the river from North to South and enter the United States from Mexico.
I lived in South Texas. My area of responsibility was from Laredo South to the Gulf of Mexico. A large part of this area was like being in Mexico. It is a harsh and unforgiving environment. It is wise to always travel with extra water in case you become stranded.
I am against building a wall in South Texas because of environmental concerns. The diversity of wildlife that crosses the U.S. Mexican border is astounding. There is an ecosystem in South Texas unlike any other place. There is the Los Palomas Wildlife Management Area, the Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park and Bird Sanctuary, Santa Anna National Wildlife Refuge, Resaca De La Palma State Park and World Birding Center and the Boca Chica Wildlife Management area near the mouth of the Rio Grande river at the Gulf of Mexico.
I'm against illegal immigration. If the U.S. builds a wall it will have to be North of the Rio Grande and will in effect create a staging area for illegal immigrants. The border area is already home to several Colonias that don't have access to basic services like clean water and even though most of the residents are a mix of illegals and American born citizens, that provide labor for agriculture. In 2018 the State of Texas cut funding to these areas where in my opinion illegals assimilate into the population. I firmly believe that additional Colonias will become established between the Rio Grande and the border wall.
There is also the matter of the Rio Grande itself. Nearly 1900 miles of river cannot be tamed. If you don't agree just look at the dismal job the U.S. Corp of Engineers have done trying to control the Mississippi River including the New Orleans disaster. I'm not saying the Rio Grande compares in size to the Mississippi River but water will always find the path of least resistance and a wall on or near the Rio Grande River may cause flooding unlike we have never seen before.
I'm familiar with the plans put forth by the government. After a disaster they won't mean a thing.
The people from third world countries filled with poverty, corruption and disease will always try enter the United States. If I were Honduran which now has the highest murder rate in the world, I would try to enter the U.S. any way I could.
If you want to stop illegal immigration, you have to put boots on the ground. I believe that beefing up the border patrol by placing stations with in line of sight of each other that are manned 24 hours a day would curtail the crossings and probably be cheaper than building a wall.