Marcos Rios spent 10 hours on a cold Monday in February waiting for the start of Donald J. Trump's rally in El Paso, Texas. Holding a fluorescent green handwritten sign with the words "Trump Por Vida" -- or "Trump for Life" -- Rios was there to see the man in person and hear his plans for a border wall. He voted for the 45th president in 2016 and will again in 2020. Even so, he doesn't get Trump's wall."It might deter some people, but it's not going to work," says Rios, a 59-year-old school bus driver from El Paso. "They already have tunnels. If you wanna come here, you're gonna come here."Texas has become ground zero in the border wall war. Rios wants a solution to drug trafficking and illegal immigration but questions whether a physical barrier along the US-Mexico border is needed. He's not the only Texan who thinks so. While the state overwhelmingly voted for Trump in 2016 and thousands of people cheered the president on at the El Paso rally, interviews with Texans who'll have to … [Read more...] about Trump wants a border wall. Texas may want a smarter alternative
Border wall emergency
In addition to President Donald Trump's vision of a "big, beautiful wall" made entirely of concrete and steel on the US-Mexico border, we could see an armada of drones whizzing through the sky.Many in the tech industry see a drone-protected border as not just likely but inevitable, helping the Border Patrol see farther and communicate better. Drones should make it easier for agents to distinguish immigrants and smugglers from the cows and coyotes that prowl along the border, advocates say."That could be the 21st century solution to the problem of protecting borders," said Chris Eheim, chief technology officer of Sunflower Labs, a home security drone startup, and a 15-year aerospace engineer. The US Customs and Border Protection agency already uses some massive military drones with 66-foot wingspans, but modern drone innovation could equip officers with smaller, cheaper aircraft that could be lofted from back of a truck.Eheim's company isn't angling for border security business. But … [Read more...] about Trump’s border wall could be a virtual barrier patrolled by drones too
Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House on Jan. 4, 2019 in Washington, D.C. As of Jan. 12, 2019, the current government shutdown became the longest in U.S. history. Alex Wong/Getty Images So far, there's no end in sight to the current government shutdown that has resulted over President Donald Trump's demand that Congress provide $5.7 billion to build a 234-mile (377-kilometer) portion of his promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. And despite his repeated claims that Mexico would pay for the wall, if he doesn't get what he wants, Trump has said that he may try a highly unorthodox move despite legislators' opposition — invoking the National Emergencies Act, a 1976 law that allows a president to take dozens of different actions without Congressional approval in the event of a crisis. "We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country, absolutely," Trump said at a January 4 press conference, according to The Hill newspaper. "We can do … [Read more...] about Is a Border Wall Really Grounds for a National Emergency?
Cards Against Humanity raised $2.25 million in November 2017 to buy land along the U.S.-Mexico border with the idea of holding up the border wall's progress. bdstudios/iStock/Thinkstock Cards Against Humanity, for those who have never encountered it, is a party game that should only be played amongst like-minded friends and family. It's like a crass version of Apples to Apples, or interactive Mad Libs. Every year, the people behind Cards Against Humanity put together a publicity stunt and offer fans a limited time to pitch in toward a goal. Fans who participate are rewarded with exclusive Cards Against Humanity cards and other gifts. Previous projects include funding scholarships to help females enter STEM fields, buying a Maine island and naming it "Hawaii 2" and mocking Donald Trump on a billboard. Yep, it seems the people behind Cards Against Humanity are not fans of the Trump White House, and they're not shy about it. This year, Cards Against Humanity asked fans to contribute … [Read more...] about The Card Game That Wants to Stop the Border Wall
Yesterday morning, Televangelist Lice emerged from beneath the cellar of a Barbie Glam Getaway Traphouse repurposed as a trundle coconut waterbed to tweet that the billions of dollars President Trump wants to spend on the border wall would be “the BEST $5 billion taxpayers EVER spent!” Naturally, Tapeworm Leatherback’s assertion was immediately refuted, as calling bullshit on the things that Trichinosis Lactation says is like shooting fish in a racist and unusually daft barrel. Perhaps the best retort to Tuberculosis Lavatory’s furious idiocy came from 11-year-old activist Mari Copeny (aka “Little Miss Flint”), who managed in a single tweet to land shots on Tickmeat Leviathan and both the state and federal government. Of course, Copeny’s tweet makes too much sense. Of course those billions should be applied towards upgrading the infrastructure that’s literally poisoning millions of Americans instead of erecting a thousand-mile picket … [Read more...] about Trashcan Lannister Tweets About Border Wall, Gets Dunked On By 11-Year-Old Little Miss Flint