So, evidently, with a small amount of money approved last year for a border wall, the Administration is currently planning to build about 33 miles of wall in South Texas.
Texas landowners prepare wall fight; Trump to visit border
HIDALGO, Texas (AP) - As President Donald Trump travels to the border in Texas to make the case for his $5.7 billion…
I have to admit, reading the article, I was struck. 25 miles of the wall they intend to build is along the Hidalgo flood control levee, which is some distance NORTH of the border, presumably to avoid eminent domain costs (and potential legal battles).
How far north?
Well, the levee they’re talking about runs from Penitas all the way to McAllen. If you look at Penitas, you can see that a waterway starts there, runs just north of the word “Perezville”, then splits; follow the southern split east until you get to Spur 115, which is right by the McAllen International Airport. So, in some places, you’re following a route which is as much as time miles north of the Rio Grande, which is the heavy dark windy blue line running northwest to southeast.
See that horseshoe shaped lake along the levee? Here’s what a zoom of that area looks like:
Yep. That’s a fairly large suburb of McAllen that would be located BETWEEN the Rio Grande and the Wall. And that’s certainly not the only one. The Wall would actually SPLIT a pretty nice golf course community west of Madero, and wreak havoc in communities all along the planned route.
Well, that’s for the politicians and the people down there to decide what’s best. My interest was piqued in another direction:
In this book, Jacqueline Carey, who’s Terre d’Ange trilogies, in my humble opinion, would have made better TV material than Martin’s Game of Thrones, hypothesizes a scenario where a wall is built on the southern border some distance from the border. Over time, the area in between becomes essentially a military-governed territory of the USA (read: harsh military dictatorship) with the people, who are not permitted to leave the territory, having no civil rights and are regularly brutalized by the military occupiers.
It then goes on into some areas which are unlikely to actually occur (bioengineered individuals, specifically), but I though the similarity between the novel and the suggested route of the wall was interesting.