On the Mexican Border, a Case for Technology Over Concrete

No matter where you stand on the border wall, there’s no denying the role it played in catapulting Donald Trump to the highest office in the land. Indeed, the White House’s 2018 budget calls for $2.6 billion in border security spending, $1.6 billion of which is intended for wall construction. While the POTUS base has been rabid in its support, the initiative has received a less than enthusiastic response from those elected officials representing border states – both Democrat and Republican.
That is because most of the arrests being made these days along the Mexican border are the result of technology, rather than any physical barrier. Seems you can climb a wall, but you can’t hide from a sensor or camera.
Will this change the conversation? Probably not. Requests for a wall design have already been put out to bid, and a number of finalists have been notified that they were chosen to build prototypes in San Diego, near the Otay Mesa border crossing. And the POTUS added a new twist at a recent rally, suggesting the addition of solar panels to any physical wall as a way to reduce costs and generate clean energy.