What El Chapo proves about a border wall

As we know, last Friday Trump declared his fake “state of emergency” with respect to the southern border so he can get his wall funded. In a rambling press conference Trump mostly lied and dissembled, keeping the fact checkers busy (as usual), contradicting himself and the need for an emergency declaration on several occasions. He cited drug smuggling as one of the major reasons that he needed to build the wall.

Now here’s what I love about this: pretty much everyone (including his own Drug Enforcement Administration) agrees that the Mexican cartels transport the bulk of their drugs over the Southwest Border through “ports of entry” using passenger vehicles or tractor trailers. In other words, not at places where a wall would make any difference. But even if it did, we’re talking Mexican drug cartels here.

They are endlessly inventive.

I mean, we’re talking about the people who twice got their #1 guy, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to ecape from Mexican jails.

  • First, in 2001 he escaped from a jail in a laundry cart, with generous help from jail officials who had been bribed.
  • Second, in 2015 he escaped from the maximum security Federal Social Readaptation Center No. 1 when members of his cartel built a 1.5 km tunnel under the prison into which Guzman was able to jump from the toilet area of his prison cell.

Do you know what kind of engineering skills it takes to build a tunnel that accurately without anyone noticing that you’re doing it?

And these are the people that Donald Trump thinks he can stop with a simple wall.

Good grief, El Donaldo!

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A disturbed citizen and skeptic. I should stop reading the newspaper. Or watching TV. I should turn off NPR and disconnect from the Internet. We’d all be better off.
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