LatinaLista — Well, it’s official.
The next big business along the Texas-Mexico border is (drumroll) â€” the 17-foot ladder business!
Department of Homeland Security today released where they plan to build the Texas-Mexico portion of the border fence and â€” it doesn’t look good.
According to an article in the Rio Grande Guardian, the fence will be built in 21 segments and span 69.89 miles through the border towns of Rio Grande City, McAllen, Mercedes, Harlingen, Brownsville, and Fort Brown.
In addition to stipulating that the fence will be 16 feet high, DHS has provided other criteria that underscores the fact that this fence is meant to divide and separate.
However, design criteria require that, at a minimum, the fence must be 16 feet high and 3 to 6 feet below ground, capable of withstanding a crash of a 10,000-pound (gross weight) vehicle traveling at 40 miles per hour, capable of withstanding vandalism, cutting or penetrating; semi-transparent, as dictated by operational need, designed to survive extreme climate changes, able to reduce any minimal impacts on small animal movement, not impede the natural flow of water; and be aesthetically pleasing.
However, though the maps are now being circulated and word is that work would begin in Spring 2008 and continue through December 31, 2008, it seems that nobody is quite sure this is for real.
â€œThe government has not appropriated the money for this fence and so the left hand still does not know what the right hand is doing,â€ Border Trade Alliance President Maria Luisa Oâ€™Connell told the Guardian. â€œHow much of this is reality, we do not know.â€
Let’s see, a plan that is not fully funded or known by all involved departments of the government.
Sounds like another recipe for a false “Mission Accomplished.”