The Mexico-United States Physical, Political, Virtual, Environmental, and Sociological Barrier

A Wall to be seen. A War to be unseen. A myopic state of affairs on all fronts.

For years the U.S. has worked to curb the cost of border enforcement handling drug trafficking and illegal immigration by building the Mexico-United States Barrier. The wall is already in place where patrols can’t keep up with enforcement requirements. However, even 600 miles of barrier later — it appears inadequate. What stands will be removed and replaced as a more uniform, safer, and easier to monitor wall is put in place.

An impressive amount of barrier cost research is overwhelming social feeds as potential help toward a best guess cost of such an installation. A vast landscape of questions remain unanswered, answers frequently waiver, and rallying on both sides of the wall initiative shows tributary division among high regard will and institution.

Trade agreement renegotiation will ultimate be the means to pay for the wall. What will become a potential boon to U.S. industry is getting an increasing amount of attention as the actual reason for new barrier developments. The wall isn’t the focus and we already have a control area to study — trade control is now the objective and always has been. The virtual barrier becomes concrete. “Build a Wall!”

This is a military opportunity to literally establish a foundation for future enforcement. Soon enough we will hear that the wall is being built as two parallel barriers with a safety zone — a kill zone — and not a single barrier as envisioned by the media. Security and supervision of a double barrier creates the lowest cost solution for ongoing maintenance and implicitly allows for different barrier signage aimed to a respect for authority and warn of potential fatality.

The barrier closest against the border line will be 4 to 6 feet taller than the other.

Is this protection due? It is implied as due through requested action. Millions of U.S. citizens and government leads feel the wall project is more than due — and in-fact overdue.

Simply building a wall and increasing mobile patrols along rural border areas doesn’t classify as due process to meet the proposed protection requirements and budgeting for more efficient enforcement services. Building staggered walls is the tactical approach that offers higher patrol and surveillance performance. This will happen all at once as we create new sections and replace the old. When creating new sections — breaking ground twice over several project iterations doesn’t make sense when you risk having permits revoked.

In an effort to further justify a need for better border enforcement the U.S. government has broadcast their unilateral intention to make Mexico pay for the wall regardless of feasibility. The plan involves disrupting ongoing political work between both countries in order to bring focus to financial deficits and personal injustices in the U.S. linked to Mexican citizens, industry, and international policy.

The U.S. has set political sights on reducing regulations in an effort to bootstrap a new domestic industry while reducing trade integrity with a country that has secured industries encompassing international manufacturing, direct domestic product production, and domestic export.

Economically, Mexico stands to suffer a substantial loss if import tariffs are raised. Climate oriented agriculture, tourism, and real development in Mexico, or being handled by Mexico for Central America, will not be able to recoup financial and agricultural production requirements by establishing stronger export markets outside of the existing U.S. demand — and upcoming U.S. boycott of Mexican goods.

Historically, U.S. protection agencies have invested in limited studies to determine environmental impact before they broke ground. The U.S. Border Protection Agency bid out and successfully create environmental assessments focused on wildlife, water, and geological impact.

An often unfocused on area of responsible environmental research for new construction is the inevitable deconstruction and recycling process. The accountability for demolition requirements simmer down to a shrug, in many counties, where it is assumed that the process will always be handled through state and federal assistance if there is an overwhelming need for it.

Mothballing isn’t an option for a physical structure representing political action. The Berlin Wall wasn’t mothballed. This topic deserves a public opinion, public insight, and a request for an accountable action plan from the federal government.

Construction of barrier sections requires much fewer hands than demolition will. There will undoubtedly be a surge in industrial worker requirements. Unfortunately, skilled labor training for a 2–4 year project of this magnitude will have a very difficult time keeping up with demand.

Maybe the U.S. will artfully push the sections over and create the worlds longest sidewalk. Talk about a tourist attraction!

Support environmental protection regardless of the reason for a new development. A mile-by-mile study for construction permits will reveal the true environmental impact of the barrier. How we interact with wildlife, how we exchange and protect culture through our land, and how we share livestock land. We are putting at risk some serious cowboy territory.

As Mexico searches for new markets — their agriculture production requirements will suffer and collapse. Many farmed products primarily exported to the U.S. will unfortunately go to seed as farms reduce skilled hand requirements and can no longer harvest to the level a long term momentum has created.

This is especially painful for products that develop over multiple years before harvesting. Recovering soil and handling waste disposal will have drastic financial and moral affects on Mexico’s agricultural workforce.

An increase in tension between U.S. and Mexico is not fair warning for trade collapse and industrial ruin. With any luck Mexico will create a new internal market for domestic produce.

Hospitality, that never crosses a border, is one of Mexico's greatest assets.

The U.S. share of tourism and vacation investments in Central America will wither away as U.S. citizens pull back and sell vacation assets back into the market.

The Baja Peninsula has already seen a barrier rise up to tackle some problems apparent on both sides of the line. The physical structure represented an imposing, but improbable, clear division of Central and Northern America at the time it was built. Now only just into 2017 some new political barriers, trade barriers, and an increasingly sour projection of Mexico has had a country wide affect on cooperation.

Don’t expect a friendly smile on the next visit to Cabos San Lucas. Do expect spit in your guacamole.

This wall will not Make America Great Again. Environmental regulations and policy, political policy and ethical responsibility, and nurturing mature enough leadership that can be a benchmark of honor and integrity will make an already great America a more responsible America.

Photographer, writer, tech developer and outdoor enthusiast living in Eagle River, Alaska.

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