The Texas Observer reports that Trump’s Wall will disrupt businesses, retirees, families and wildlife on the Texas border.
A map produced in May by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shows where the administration expects to build 33 miles of wall in 15 different segments, including portions that would tear through three wildlife areas. The documents also reveal a rating system the administration is using to rank the difficulty of building each segment, based on the topography and the legal difficulty of taking over the land.
“Nice RV park, many retirees live there permanently,” reads the entry for a nearly 2-mile segment that would cut off the Chimney Park RV Resort, the historic La Lomita Chapel and the Riverside Club, a popular hangout for winter Texans. “Western half of segment will impacts [sic] upward of 100 homeowners.” The Army Corps rates building the section as “most challenging.”
According to the documents, the wall would bisect the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, a 797-acre preserve that’s one of the top birding destinations in North America. Walls would also run through the neighboring National Butterfly Center, a private nature sanctuary that recently announced it would sue the government to stop construction, as well as the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. The Army Corps of Engineers rates the Santa Ana refuge as an “easy” location, because the land is already owned by the federal government.
From the Annals of the Fat Presidents – In 1909, Pres. William Howard Taft met with Mexican Pres. Porfirio Diazo. This first ever meeting between U.S. and Mexican presidents was part of a planned summit that took place in both El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. The initial meeting was at the Chamber of Commerce building in El Paso, but continued later at the Custom House in Juarez. When Taft crossed the Rio Grande, it was the first time an American president entered Mexico, and only the second international trip by a sitting president. Diaz requested the meeting as a build up to his eighth campaign for president, and Taft agreed to support Diaz to protect American business interests that had invested heavily in Mexico. The meeting has been described as a “veritable pageant of military splendor, social brilliance, courtly formality, official protocol, and patriotic fervor.”
Gov. Greg Abbott signed a sweeping border security bill that will cost the state over $300 million to fix a problem that may not exist anymore. Statistics show that crime in the Rio Grande valley is at an all time low. But that doesn’t matter to Abbott who justified the massive increase in police presence by claiming that, “Here in Houston, there are more than 20,000 dangerous gang members that are associated with cross border traffic crime.” Abbott went on to claim that there are more than 100,000 such hoodlums In the state. Abbott cited no source for his numbers. It’s becoming more and more clear that Abbott will say anything because Texas Tea Party voters who control the electorate clearly will not hold him accountable. Need a stat to support throwing money at a problem- just make one up.