Securing America's
Southern Border
"Fences and walls have been natural
defensive responses by human
beings from the very beginning to
the present." ~ Barry M. Baker
When you listen to all the people who say
that a fence simply won’t work to provide
security on America’s boarder with
Mexico, they must be taking that wisdom
from the fact that there is no market
demand for fence manufacturing and
sales in the United States.  

Wait a minute…

That statement isn’t factual at all…is it?  
Fences of all types appear just about
everywhere; residential, commercial,
government properties and along
highways.  The types of fences are
determined only by the purposes they’re
intended to achieve.  When it comes to
security, height and strength are the first

When you become a police officer, there
will be times when you’ll wish that fences
weren’t so plentiful.  You’ll have to scale
fences when in pursuit of suspects, and
fences will hinder you when responding
to burglar alarms at residences and
commercial establishments.
As a police officer, you’re going to be
constantly confronted with people making
absurd arguments to justify their
irrational or illegal behavior.  There’s not
any difference between those people and
those who will try to convince you that a
boarder fence will do nothing to
significantly enhance the security of the
United States.  Fences and walls have
been natural defensive responses by
human beings from the very beginning to
the present.

The “fence won’t work” crowd is always
looking for examples of people barriers
that didn’t work.  One good example is
the Maginot Line which France
constructed between the World Wars to
prevent Germany from invading France.  
The Maginot Line was much more than
just a people barrier; it was a massively
fortified line of defense to stop a German
Army; until, the French military could be
fully mobilized.  As it turned out, the
French had plenty of time to mobilize at
the outbreak of World War II before the
German invasion.  They even had time to
move their divisions, along with a British
Expeditionary Force, into Belgium to
meet the German Army.

The French thought they had everything
pretty well covered.  The Maginot Line
protected the south, and their superior
allied forces awaited the German
onslaught through Belgium.  However,
the Maginot Line stopped at the
Ardennes Forest which the French
believed to be a natural barrier.  Of
course, the Germans exploited the
French over confidence in nature by
invading through the Ardennes Forest
bypassing the Maginot Line and trapping
the allied armies in Belgium.

One can argue that the Maginot Line
worked better than anyone would have
anticipated by the simple fact that the
German Army completely avoided contact
with the Line.  The obvious flaw in the
Maginot Line was that it stopped at the
Ardennes Forest, and the German Army
confronted only a few under strength
and ill equipped French divisions when
they invaded through the Ardennes.

Okay, let’s move 76 years ahead to 2015
and the border between the United
States and Mexico.  No one’s advocating
a Maginot Line type of barrier to control
illegal immigration.  One would think that
is the case with all the resistance to
building any kind of fence to stem the
flow of illegal entry into the United States.

While politicians would like to convince
everyone that construction of a southern
border fence would compare to the
expense and complexity of a Maginot
Line, they completely ignore one fence
from recent history that had incredible
success in denying people illegal entry.  
Actually, the word entry is not
appropriate.  This fence denied people
illegal exit.

This fence stretched for 858 miles across
Germany separating East and West
Germany.  Americans have incredibly
short memories.  If you’re young, and
you have a college education, you’ve
probably never even heard of the Inner
German Border.  The Inner German
Border Fence began construction in
1952, and it didn’t come down until the
fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 which was
totally separate from the Inner German
I visited the Inner German Border in
1984.  It was hard to imagine that such a
huge man made barrier could enclose an
entire country.  You just had to put
things into perspective.  While the dual
fence, with high steel mushroom shaped
observation towers, stretched as far as
the eye could see was nothing short of
intimidating, it wasn’t any more
complicated than constructing an
interstate highway.  I was particularly
impressed by the observation towers
which stood about every thousand
meters.  The top of the towers had one
way glass all around.  I learned that entry
and exit from the towers was done by
way of tunnels.  In other words, I had no
idea if I was trading stares with an East
German soldier or an empty piece of

Now, the first thing that most politically
correct opponents of an American
southern border fence would probably
ask me is, “How can you suggest that a
model used by a totalitarian regime like
the former East Germany be emulated by
the United States?”  I would have to
point out that these same opponents
think that Communist economics are far
superior to Capitalism.  My question is,
how can people embrace the ruinous
economics of Communism or Socialism
[Communism light], and deny something
the Communists got right for the
purpose intended?  That purpose was
denying people from crossing a border.  
The only obscene part of the barrier was
that it was used to imprison the citizens
of a country instead of denying illegal
entry into that country.  Nothing is
impossible when it comes to absurd
views, but I doubt than anyone could say
that a secure American southern border
fence would imprison Americans.

In the interest of economy, I’d suggest
that the blue prints for the Inner German
Border Fence could be obtained from
German Archives.  Then again, they could
be in Moscow.

Seriously… there is no obstacle, other
than politics and political corruption,
preventing the United States federal
government from securing America’s
border with Mexico.

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