He isn't going to build a wall. He will not ask Congress for the funding.
He doesn't need to.
The border can be policed by satellites and a few thousand low-cost drones.
The technology is cheap. It is available now.
These are cheap drones that carry no missiles. They only carry cameras.
There can be night drones and day drones. They can observe what is going on for
Put up 1,000 drones at all times, day and night. Aim their cameras 10 or 20
miles south of the border. Is there a truck coming north toward a desolate
area? Meet it with troops.
There will be enough troops on the cheap fenced
border to head off 80% of the trucks. If 80% of the trucks can't get their
cargo through, the wholesale immigrant business is finished.
Post a thousand troops and drones at the
here is to eliminate the wholesale immigration business. Make the immigrants
walk to the border in remote areas. This will drastically reduce the crossings.
Move the immigrants from wholesale to retail.
MAKE A DEAL WITH THE COYOTES
Coyotes are the people who take money from desperate would-be illegal
immigrants to take them across the border in trucks. They are middlemen.
I propose that Trump make them two-way middlemen.
A coyote brings a truckload of people to the border. On the American side of
the border is a border patrol officer who is assigned to an Army unit. He makes
the truck driver an offer: "Take them back. Here is $25,000, cash."
Yes, I know: pretty soon there will be trucks loaded with fake immigrants.
So, run the initial program for long enough to get the word out: "Don't
pay anyone to take you across the border. The gringos have cooked up a deal
with the coyotes. The coyotes will take your money. Then they will take the
gringos' money to bring you right back." Six months will do it.
If traffic starts back up, re-start the program.
Keep the immigrants on
the Mexican side of the border. This way, there will be no expensive court
hearings on our side of the border. There will be no ACLU attorney coming to
the defense of illegal immigrants in the middle of the night in the South Texas
desert. The immigrants will not cross the border. Mexico will retain
Station enough troops
and drones on the border to seal it off.
Better yet, arrange for the coyotes to bring the would-be immigrants to
established check points. No muss, no fuss.
But, you say, no sensible coyote would do this. It would kill his business.
So, stage it. Hire some Mexican Americans in South Texas to do a fake crossing
at a fake border. Rent an old truck. Have an actor pay the "driver" a
wad of bills. Use a dash cam. Make it look real. Then post the video. Do one of
these a week. Use the same two or three trucks.
Have you ever seen Wag the Dog?
Trump can supply the video crew. He is a master of reality TV.
Keep the drones flying. Let the coyotes know that they will not be able to
get their cargoes across the border. "We can see you coming."
Maybe a truck turns around and heads home. The driver does not get $25,000.
Word will get out: "Don't pay this guy."
Maybe the driver stops. He gets his $25,000. He drives them back. Word will
get out. "Don't pay this guy."
Maybe he unloads them on his side of the border. He gets $25,000. He leaves
them. Word will get out. "Don't pay this guy."
If he crosses the border, he gets no money. He loses his truck. He gets no
food or water. He is sent back on foot with the others. "Have a nice walk
with your friends."
The people who get unloaded will be given two choices: (1) put on a GPS
tracking device and start walking back to civilization with food and water
supplied by the Americans, or else (2) don't put on the device and get no food
or water. There is this threat: "Take off the device before you get to
town A, and the next time we catch you trying to cross illegally, you will get
no food and water. And we will catch you. Take the device to our local exchange
store, and they will give you $100 cash." Of course, they are photographed
at the border. Their faces go into a facial recognition data base. If they get
caught again, they get no food or water for the hike back. "Buy food and
water from your buddy."
Why the exchange store? The store will advertise locally. "If you get
caught when our drone system catches the truck that takes you to the border,
and if the driver leaves you behind, you can get $100 for the GPS device you
will get when you return from the border. We'll make sure you are in our
'caught trying to cross the border' facial recognition system. Then you will
Word will get out to the coyotes' customer base.
Post Spanish language videos on YouTube. The viewers will see the drones,
the troops, and the money exchanges. "Warning: the U.S. government has an
arrangement with the coyotes. It pays the coyotes to bring people right back at
a profit of $25,000 per truckload. You will pay $1,000 for a one-day round-trip
visit to the border. The coyotes will make money both ways."
Put up videos of families walking away from the fence in the middle of the
desert. "This is what happens if you try to cross the border in a truck.
The drones always spot the trucks. You will be greeted by American troops. Save
Goodbye, wholesale immigrant market. Hello, individual families on foot.
BETA TEST THIS BY LATE APRIL
This would be
cheap to implement. The beta-testing could be operational within three months
of Trump's inauguration.
Put a bird
colonel in charge of this. Offer him two stars if he gets it operational by
Christmas, but only one star if it's a day late. Trump can make this offer on
January 21. He can ask for volunteers. He will get lots of volunteers by
January 23. By February 1, there will be piles of applications.
would be granted the authortity of a four-star general for this project until
December 25, 2017.
The colonel will find holes in the system. Most of them can be plugged. He
could then ramp up the program by October 31. It would be working by December
Give the program until December 31, 2018 to work. By then, the flow of
illegal aliens will be down by 80%.
Priority for Army promotions would be given to successful captains and
majors who cut down immigration rates. The statistics would be simple:
"Reduce the immigrants in your sector by 20% this year, and you go to the
top five of the short list for promotion." The Mexican border would be the
fastest track to stars on the shoulder.
Word would get out. Fast.
Trump do this unilaterally? Of course. He is Commander-in-Chief. Paul Ryan
isn't. Mitch McConnell isn't.
doesn't need a wall. He needs only the will.