Skip to comments.Border wall construction for DHS - a mile a day!
Posted on 03/13/2019 3:04:42 PM PDT by Dana1960
Officials from the @realDonaldTrump administration are here watching as Fisher Industries workers demonstrate how they would install the 30-foot steel bollard border wall
Build the wall!!!
Well grab your trowel and meet me at the border with about three billion bricks. We'll get it done cheaper for sure!
The purpose of the wall is to protect the US from its own politicians,
Remember that is just one company. I’m sure it will be spread among many.
They would have to spread it among contractors
much like the US Interstate system was built.
So what are they waiting for?
Entry/exit visa tracking is another thing that could have been done by now.
Yeah, wasn’t that passed by Congress a decade or so ago?
Same deal with e-verify.
And of course what are we doing with something like 20 million illegals getting welfare of various types?
That whole anchor baby thing is another farce.
So you can climb a 30-foot high wall?
Then when you climbing it you’re going to just jump down the other side?
Even a trained rock climber would have real problems climbing a wall with no handholds.
I am not saying it can’t be done, but most people that try will fail.
“...in that they provide an opportunity for border patrol officers to get shot at from pretty much any direction from the Mexico side.”
Impossible, from just any direction. The shooter would have to be shooting perpendicular to the wall; the bollards form a wall at an angle.
The walls will have cameras and sensors.
A thirty foot concrete solid wall can be scaled also.
The bollard wall affords a choke point.
Of course, we could all just surrender.
It’s fantastic to see how efficient this wall is. Trump’s getting the max for our Wall dollars!
3rd video is awesome... She needs to learn to speak up...
A Steel Wall is just metal rebar for when it is encased in Rock & Concrete.
The next Republican President, not wimpy Pence, would stack rock on the rebar. Then concrete is poured.
The Chinese would be jealous.
Particularly the most important criminals to keep out: Pregnant women and their anchor babies...
Climbing (and descending) a 30-ft wall (ladder of not), is a task 99% of the illegal scum could not manage alive...
In one of the videos it sounded like the guy said they could do 2 miles a day when (unintelligible......) (wind noise). In another they said they can do the same amount of fence in 4 hours that is now taking 3 or 4 days to do. No reason why they couldn't ramp up production with more men and equipment from their current model either.
“A Steel Wall is just metal rebar for when it is encased in Rock & Concrete.”
And those bollards are reinforced concrete columns, encased in steel - so they are impervious to sledgehammers, or hammer and chisel attacks. They are not hollow.
Those guys at Fisher should get some of the work for goodness sake. They are motivated!
There are many good reasons why bollards are what the Border Patrol wants. Solid walls hide the bad guys from view, and give them a sense of security, as well as lots of time to do deliberate tunneling, breaching, or to stage climbing equipment like ladders. With see through designs, they can't hide from view long enough to tunnel or breach, and those approaching with ladders are seen earlier, to alert responders sooner.
Border security is designed based on the equation of "Border Calculus": Detection Time + Disappearing Time = Time to Intercept. With see through designs, threats are detected much earlier - not when the first head pops over the top. Not only can mast mounted cameras that are securely positioned on the American side stare deep into Mexico, but the new mobile surveillance technology that Officers are starting to get in vehicles will be able to do so as well.
The San Diego Sector started receiving these in December, which allow officers on patrol the magnification to see miles into Mexico for early warning, night vision, and infrared, which can pick out the heat signature of a motionless kid hiding under a bush two miles away.
When Border Patrol has to respond, they know what they will have to face with the see through barrier - is it three women with children, or a dozen narcos with AR-15s? When they do respond, they can issue orders and warnings to those on the other side, photograph them for identification and prosecution (i.e., use their bodycams and dash cams), or pepper spray, tase or shoot them if needed. Bad guys know they may be being observed and filmed at all times.
Bollards can not be rammed by commercial vehicles - they can stop a speeding dump truck. Their reinforced concrete foundations are at least two feet thick and six feet deep, so no hasty tunnels for kids to belly under. Their heavy steel columns are filled with massive concrete and additional rebar. The steel exterior defeats sledgehammer, jackhammer, and hammer and chisel attacks that bare concrete is subject to.
They have been in use in active hot spots on the border for over fifteen years, and have proven very hard to breach. They are basically maintenance free, in contrast to the existing secondary barrier in San Diego, which is breached more than three times per day, on average. In the rare cases where bollards are breached, detection and repair are easier, quicker and cheaper than other designs.
The 18 foot design with anti-climb plate has been proven in practice to quiet busy stretches of border. As tall as the roof of a two storey house, they defeat/deter most men and almost all women and children, even with ladders and ropes. Free climbers (without ladders or special gear) are almost all defeated by the design (when properly installed, without gaps in the plates).
With ladders and ropes, people can climb Mt. Everest, or sheer concrete walls; but beyond just defeating free climbers, bollards bring a lot of powerful operational advantages to Border patrol Officers, over that of opaque solid barriers. Their effectiveness has been well tested and proven in practice.
I don’t buy it. They might be the best segments we’ve had, so people might have gone to the even more ridiculous segments with vehicle barriers or nothing. But you can see how people scooch right up them. Also, with the segment across the top that means they just need to loop the end of a rope and toss that over, then they can secure a climbing rope. Stand atop a truck and it just a few additional feet that even a short illegal needs to reach to get to the top as well.
If the Israelis’ don’t have them as their security I think it’s pretty certain their solid walls are superior. These bollards more than anything just help the illegal activity. And don’t tell me the unions and managements down there haven’t been bought off either.
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