Yesterday Ryan Zinke, Donald Trump’s Interior Secretary, suggested that the administration intends to build the xenophobic, anti-Mexican border in Mexico, on Mexican land. The White House has officially lost all contact with reality.
In a speech to the Public Land Council, Zinke admitted,
“The border is complicated, as far as building a physical wall.” Indeed.
“The Rio Grande [which serves as the Mexican-American border], what side of the river are you going to put the wall? We’re not going to put it on our side and cede the river to Mexico. And we’re probably not going to put it in the middle of the river.”
Putting the wall in the river would be an ecological disaster and seems wildly unlikely. That means the wall has to go on the American side of the border or the Mexican side.
It has already become clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall, so why would it give up its land to let America build a wall that Mexico doesn’t want, and seize control of the Rio Grand?
Senator Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) spokesman tweeted in response:
— Matt House (@mattwhouse) March 29, 2017
Watchdog group American Oversight’s director responded to the outrageous suggestion, saying, “First, President Trump proposed building a wall on our southern border and having Mexico pay for it. Now his administration is planning to build a wall in Mexico and have Americans pay for it.”
The wall always seemed a whimsical substitute for actual effective policy put forward by an ignorant man with no understanding of politics but a very deep understanding of racism. It is growing increasingly outlandish by the day.
The project now proposes to waste billions of tax dollars and it is obvious that no one has a clue what they are doing. Nevertheless, the Department of Homeland Security is already soliciting project proposals from contractors.
This is not going to end well.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.