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Border security without a wall is like a burger without a bun



Border security without a wall is like a burger without a bun

There are those who are cutting down on carbs that like their hamburgers wrapped in lettuce or something. For the vast majority of meat-eating, burger-loving Americans, we like the bun. It holds everything in place. In and of itself, it doesn’t do the job, but as the framework that encompasses the patty, fixin’s, and condiments, it’s invaluable for making a burger… a burger.

The same can be said about border security. The wall is the bun. It determines the placement of all other elements of border security. Trying to secure the borders in areas without a wall is much more difficult than in places where there is a real barrier to entry. We heard today from a border patrol agent in McAllen, TX, that the area in their sector without a barrier sees over 90% of illegal traffic.

McAllen border patrol agent confirms the President’s fears on live TV“Part of our area is covered with some fencing on our east side. That accounts for about 6% of our traffic. Where we have no fencing, over 90% of our traffic occurs in those areas.”

While politicians play politics over our border security, it’s the men and women on the ground who really know what’s happening. More importantly, they know what’s needed to fix the problem: technology, resources, and a wall.

Once you add in technological solutions like drones, LiDAR, and ground sensors, you have the ability to cover a much greater area than what was possible just a few years ago. These are the fixins’, the components that enhance the burger with proper texture, tang, and crunch.

Of course, no burger is complete without the sauce, and the immigration system itself should be a major component of security. We do this by improving the process itself. One of the reasons so many try to cross the border and get apprehended is they’ve heard stories about how they can be allowed to stay in America for extended periods of time if they can only come in and claim asylum. While they wait for their hearing, they’re free to move about the country.

A border wall helps to change that perspective. It changes the narrative by adding a step. Instead of “get to America and claim asylum,” it becomes, “get to the border, get over or under the wall, then get caught and claim asylum.” Few walls are actually difficult to breach. But they represent a psychological deterrent to even trying. Most people who want to get to the other side of a wall can find the means to do so. But fewer people will attempt to come to the border in the first place if they know the wall is there.

Of course, no hamburger is complete without the meat. This is where the real power of border security comes from and where our investment should be greatest. The men and women who keep our borders secure are by far the most important component of border security. They’re the meat that makes the magic happen.

But even the patty needs the bun in order to be a real burger. The wall will give border patrol agents many advantages. It allows choke points through which they can focus their efforts. It gives them time to locate and apprehend those who have nefarious reasons for crossing the border, especially when the wall is working with the technological fixins’ that give border patrol agents broader vision.

Without the wall, every component of border patrol must work harder to yield similar results. You can’t have true border security until you have barriers in place as the basic deterrent, funneling mechanism, and obstacle to illegal immigrants and traffickers.