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Old 02-02-2018, 08:22 AM   #1
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Default Better than "The Wall"

There is only one issue that "the Wall" addresses.

1. Help secure our border with Mexico

I would suggest a different plan that would address the following issues:

1. Secure our border with Mexico

2. Facilitate the changing of the NAFTA trade agreement

3. Reduce our National Debt

4. Create Jobs and support the development of the US economy

5. Provide and equitable solution to the 6 million illegal aliens and the "Dreamers".
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Old 02-02-2018, 08:46 AM   #2
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San Diego and El Paso are the two main cities on our border with Mexico. Between them they have a population of 2 million. The border with Mexico is about 2,000 miles long and we have about 6 million illegal aliens living in the country.

My suggestion is this: The US designate ten sites situated along the border to build brand new, state of the art cities. The land would be Federal land and it would be given for this project free, bringing down the cost of the city. Each city could include major industry -- Google server farm, Amazon.com distribution center, Citigroup servers, etc. The US government could also take the $123 billion requested for the wall and give $12 billion as seed money for each of these cities, putting significant federal offices in each. Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California could all put branches of their state university in these cities. In addition the US could designate these ten cities as "Refuge cities". If you are in the US illegally, even if you are a dreamer you can go to one of these cities and have a legal status until you get full citizenship. Your application goes to the back of the line so you did not "jump the line". We can still deport felons. This would send 6 million people to these ten cities. In addition we rewrite NAFTA to not include all of Mexico but rather a zone about 20 miles from our border into Mexico. In this way we eliminate 90% of the trade deal but still leave a "zone". This would promote a lot of investment from China, India, Japan, Britain, Germany, etc into this zone either on the Mexico side or US side or both. These locations are ideal for solar power which is now very cost effective. These cities could be connected with high speed rail (about 200 miles between each city) along with connections to El Paso, San Diego, and the other existing towns. These cities could have state of the Art telecommunications and could be ideal locations for many new High tech jobs.

Surrounding the land given to build the city on would be land that the Federal government owns. Once the cities have been built this land would be worth hundreds of billions of dollars. The Federal government could then sell this land to reduce our National Debt. If they had a ring of 5 miles around each city they could easily raise $1 trillion.

Now if you increase the population from a little over 2 million to well over 14 million on the border, add another 10 major cities resulting in the other towns growing as well and you build a high speed rail system the length of this border you will have the network in place for a much better wall. Visit El Paso, they have a secure wall that runs alongside this city. There would be a tremendous increase in security personnel, cameras, fences, walls, etc. That is a much better security that some dusty fence five hundred miles from the nearest town.

These 6 million illegal aliens would provide labor for construction, plus a lot of other subsidiary services like restaurants, child care, etc.

This project is similar in scale to TR building the Panama Canal or Eisenhower building the highway system.
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Old 06-20-2018, 08:30 AM   #3
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I would repeat this solution. The US sets up cities to be built on the border. They are designated as "refuge cities". Anyone seeking asylum can go there and get a minimum wage job helping with the construction. They are not permitted to go anywhere else in the US until their case is adjudicated. If they have a job in this refuge city they get a temporary visa that can be renewed again and again with the help of their employer.
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