If you can’t get over something, go under it. This axiom applies equally to determined hares attempting to nibble lettuce leaves in our fenced-off gardens, as well as to indomitable interlopers and drug smugglers intent on burrowing their way into the United States. #Donald Trump stands ready with a plan however to combat the mole-like diggers: Tunnel technology.
While admittedly not keeping tabs on every utterance that either spouts or falls out of Trump’s mouth, the polarizing Republican candidate has not specifically stated how he plans to battle the drug tunnels already in place, let alone the amount that will appear in the ground once Trump's $5 to $10 billion wall is constructed. Until now that is.
This past week, while continuing to paint the picture of rapists and drug pushers streaming over America’s southern borders like ants to a picnic, Trump spoke about his “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful” wall to a gathering in Phoenix. The presidential hopeful said he is prepared to use the best in underground technology to find the criminal cartels, scooping and troweling their way out of #Mexico.
“We will use the best technology, including above and below ground sensors, that's the tunnels,” Trump declared. “Remember that, above and below. Above and below ground sensors. Towers, aerial surveillance and manpower to supplement the wall, find and dislocate tunnels, and keep out criminal cartels, and Mexico, you know that, will work with us.”
Mexico to Donald Trump: Yeah we're not paying for that
And all this despite Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto telling reporters that he made it very clear to Trump and his staff that Mexico will not pay for the wall; even Mexico's foreign minister said his country’s position on this is “non-negotiable.”
Trump on the other hand rolled out his typical unsighted response – that the “wonderful, wonderful president” of Mexico will work with the United States. It’s the same logic that Trump employs when he says that Latinos love him, blacks admire him and women adore him, although he stinks with all three groups of voters.
One if them is lying, and nyet, it's not Nieto.
In fact, Trump even told reporters that although he and Nieto conferred on the wall, no discussions were had about who would fund it. Sure Donald. Nieto tweeted out something a little different: “At the start of the conversation with Donald Trump, I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall,” he wrote after their meeting Wednesday.
According to The New York Times, existing fences along the US and Mexican border have done little to deter smugglers and illegal immigrants. The Times points out that the so-called “tunnel technology” that Trump is enamored with doesn’t even exist.
“But no technology exists to reliably detect the tunnels, and experts say it may be years before such a system is developed.” ~New York Times
The Hillary Clinton camp was quick to pounce on the above. Said Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta: “Donald Trump has made his outlandish policy of forcing Mexico to pay for his giant wall the centerpiece of his campaign. But at the first opportunity to make good on his offensive campaign promises, Trump choked.”
In April, the longest drug-trafficking tunnel connecting Mexico to the United States – a half-mile passageway that included electric lights, a ventilation system and a railway – was found in a closet in a Tijuana home. Since 2006, over a dozen highly sophisticated tunnels have been found, but the State Department estimates dozens more exist. Overall, officials approximate there may be hundreds of crude, hand-dug, underground corridors.
So the Great Wall of Mexico – a wall that Mexico says it will never pay for anyway – would simply push more people into the ground. Sort of like Trump’s plummeting campaign. #Immigration