There Won’t Be a Wall Even if There is a Wall

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Congress is not going to fund the construction of Trump's fantasy border wall, but even if they did there won't really be a wall according to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

Kelly spoke to Bloomberg and conceded that building a wall along the Rio Grande river is not an option.

“There are other places where a see-through wall, say a large bollard, if you will, fence, makes a lot of sense,” he said. “There’s places, probably, we won’t build a wall, because it’s across river beds, and we can’t dam up the rivers. And there’s other places that are just so rough — you know, the Big Bend area of Texas, canyons, high ground, low ground. Very little moves through there, anyways. So we are all still committed to a barrier, wall in some in places, in some places see-through wall, but once again, technology, and backed up by CBP.”

The Rio Grande runs over 1,000 miles from New Mexico down the southern border of Texas to the Gulf of Mexico. The river traverses approximately 2/3rds of our southern border, leaving very little land on which to build Trump's fantasy wall.

If you exclude the areas that are prohibitive, you may be left with nothing but the land on which a border fence built during the Bush administration already sits.

Bush's border fence never made a difference. Why would a wall in the same locations?

  • mnpollio

    But…But…it is symbolic! Don’t you get it? Then his deluded supporters can point to that scrap of a wall and say he delivered on something. But don’t fret – his deluded supporters will now just say that Trump was stymied in his attempts by those hateful Democrats and illegals and throw that much more support behind him. Which, of course, begs the question. Will there ever be a time where Trump supporters blame Trump for his own lies and incompetence?

  • Nefercat

    “Bush’s border fence never made a difference. Why would a wall in the same locations?”
    Because this one would be trumpledoltskin’s wall. A beautiful wall. The best wall.

    Just to gaze upon it would lead one to think of a bloated orange toad. You can’t say that about Bush’s wall.

  • Georgie

    Here is some good news, Good by Bill Shine . . .

  • Draxiar

    It seems to me it would be less expensive to fix the immigration process but let’s face it, there is no interest from Republicans to do that because it would 1) require work with thought 2) eliminate their electoral boogeyman 3) help a non white.

    • Aynwrong

      In other words immigration as a political issue is very much like healthcare as a political issue. There are options to address our problems except that would involve actual governance and one side of our political aisle believes that governance IS THE PROBLEM.

  • muselet

    A border barrier has never made sense, not when George W Bush tried it, not when Donald Trump advocates for it. It’s good to see the halfway-rational people in the Trump administration are becoming aware of that fact, if only dimly.

    The big question is whether Trump will go along with a (long-term) budget that doesn’t reflect his particular priorities. Will he deliberately precipitate a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood? Or NEA? Or his precious border wall? I make it an even-money bet.


    Also, since someone has to:

  • ninjaf

    Also, would it be too much to ask to have someone leading DHS (or any of our big agencies) that can speak with proper grammar? FFS, verb agreement is not that hard to understand and is something you learn in second grade.

    • Username1016

      And “anyways” is kind of an illiterate word.

  • ninjaf

    Because reasons.