Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Hen-and-Chicks Border Defense

(Hi, team.  I'm back, and I've got an idea from an old friend in Wisconsin that I'd like to kick around.)

Ever since the flood of Muslim "refugees" began pouring into Europe -- and our federal govt. promised that we'd take in a few hundred thousand of them -- there's been renewed interest in our broken immigration system, particularly as regards our cobweb of a southern border, particularly since a disturbing number of those illegal immigrants are not Mexican or even Latino.  We're especially concerned here in Arizona, where illegals have been flooding across our border for decades and the federal govt. has refused to let us turn them back (as viz. the federal courts' gutting of Arizona SB 1070).

Ah, but no law forbids a county or a township -- or an Indian reservation, for that matter -- from keeping out people it doesn't want.  The border counties and towns and reservations of Arizona could join forces, and funds, on a couple of tactics that can and will work.

First, the fence.  Farmers and ranchers have already built, at their own expense, some 20 miles of fence along the western end of the border.  There's no reason that fence couldn't be extended, but I'd suggest setting it some 25-50 yards back from the federal border, so that there's no question about the new fence being on Arizona land.  Yes, put fortified and well-guarded gates in the wall where the major highways penetrate, and check -- by hand -- every truck and car that goes through.  It wouldn't hurt to have a medical team attached at each check-point, to give the drivers and passengers quick medical checks.  This would be a public health measure, which is hard to argue with.

Also, at every 50 yards along the fence, put large signs facing toward Mexico with the following, written in Spanish:  "Warning, Illegal Immigrants.  Beyond this fence lies the rest of Arizona.  Arizona doesn't want you.  If you proceed further, you will be captured and sent back the way you came."  Below that put two arrows, pointing east and west, and the words: "XXX miles east lies New Mexico.  New Mexico will welcome you with jobs.  XXX miles west lies California.  California will welcome you with free housing, free food, free medical services, easy jobs, and free money.  Go east or west, but do not proceed north."  If the governments of California or New Mexico complain, tell they we'll take the signs down when they change their policies.

As for how to enforce this, here's where the wonders of modern technology come in.  Every 100 yards or so, perch a drone disguised as a large bird.  This drone will contain a host of smaller drones, disguised as flying insects, which can fly around the area and come back into the bird-drone for refueling.  The bird drone will have a solar-electric generator which can refuel its own battery and the batteries of the bug-drones.  The bug drones will contain, besides their own engines and GPS locator, sensitive microphones and videocameras;  they'll transmit back to a computer base-station, which will record the pictures and sounds of every creature that approaches the Arizona-side fence.  The humans watching the computers will see if any human tries to get over, under, or around the fence, in which case they'll send out bigger drones armed with tranquilizer guns or tazers to shoot the invaders, and notify the police as to where the comatose bodies are.  The police can examine the would-be invaders, see if there are any outstanding warrants on them, escort them back to the federal fence and push them across.

Yes, all this will cost money, but not nearly so much as illegal immigrants cost the state every year -- let alone what damage invading terrorists can do.  What say you all?

--Leslie <;)))><  )O( 



Paradoctor said...

Super-expensive non-solution. Most undocumented immigrants arrived legally and overstayed their visa; bird drones will do nothing about that.

But bird drones _would_ be useful, as a tech-worker welfare program.

Leslie Fish said...

Heheheheheh. Here in AZ, believe me, they come across the border -- and a disturbing number of them are not Latino. Anyway, the drones would be very helpful for gathering information about who -- and what -- comes across our border every day.

And drones aren't that expensive, once you've geared up a factory to make them. Never mind the price that the military-industrial complex gouges out of the govt.; note how cheap the civilian-model "quad" heli-drone is these days.

... said...

I like it. It will never happen, of course. I also think it's an awesome idea for a science fiction thriller setting. Ha.

KateGladstone said...

I’d suggest that the warning-to-illegal-immigrants signs should give distances in _kilometers_. (Mexico went metric quite some time ago.)