While Congress has just agreed on a bipartisan spending bill to fund the federal government, the border wall is still not getting the funding it needs. The bill congressional leaders agreed upon Wednesday only provides $1.6 billion of the $25 billion sought by President Trump to fund construction of a wall along the U.S. southern border.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">💥Never Trumper ? Paul Ryan’s $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill calls for funding for Planned Parenthood and Sanctuary Cities; but not one nickel for THE WALL !<br><br>I wouldn’t trust Paul Ryan as far as I could throw a grand piano !<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheDashRiprock?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheDashRiprock</a> <a href="https://t.co/yaeTw58McH">https://t.co/yaeTw58McH</a></p>— Dash Riprock (@PhilMcCrackin44) <a href="https://twitter.com/PhilMcCrackin44/status/976266227118215168?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 21, 2018</a></blockquote>
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So far, the proposed prototypes for a wall along the U.S./Mexico border are expensive and cutting edge, but what about a more simplistic and cheaper method of protecting the border? One option that may be considered is landmines. Now, hold on, before you rule out the idea consider the cost versus benefit.
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One landmine can cost anywhere from $3 to $30 dollars and could deter illegal immigrants more effectively than a simple wall. The Department of Homeland Security conducted an internal report that said the wall could cost $21.6 billion and that doesn't include maintenance.
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The biggest benefit of landmines to stop unwanted intruders at the border would not only be the low cost, but also the inherent ability to deter people from attempting to cross. It may not even be necessary for the mines to span the entire border, a sporadic mine every several hundred feet combined with posted signs warning of the mines may prove to be enough of a deterrent.
The use of landmines to guard the border would also virtually eliminate the cost of maintenance since once they are installed they will remain active until detonated. This may seem like a cruel approach but in reality, the United States accepts legal refugees every day.
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Immigrants are welcome to enter the country legally. However, the current immigration debate is muddying the waters for immigrants. Sanctuary cities are providing false hopes while liberal leaders are promoting the idea that entering the US illegally is just as beneficial as doing so legally.
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Perhaps it is time for the government to consider a more cost-effective way of securing the borders. Even unmanned drones powered by solar charging stations could provide an effective means of security. Getting Democrats to agree to mine the entire southern border may be a bit of a stretch, but it's not a bad idea to utilize old military ordinance lying around to effectively safeguard our border.
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