Posted by Tina
Life is strange. California is threatening to become a sanctuary state in defiance of Trump’s immigration policy but Trumps border wall will get it’s start in San Diego County in the community of Otay Mesa. The project begins with prototypes:
Of the possible border locations in the region, building the prototypes near the Otay Mesa crossing makes the most sense because it allows companies to test out designs in a heavily trafficked area that still has room and flexibility, according to Eric Frost, director of San Diego State University’s graduate program in homeland security.
Frost, interviewed before the location was confirmed by the federal agency, said Otay Mesa would be a better place to start than the desert to the east or near a river — often empty locales.
“A lot of trucks already use it,” he said of the Otay Mesa crossing. “You want to look at how they actually interact with the fence.”
Companies participating in the bidding process have been threatened. In California Representative Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) co-authored Assembly Bill 946, to punish any construction company that participates in the building the wall. The bill would liquidate stock held in the state’s two large pensions, the California Public Employee Retirement System and the California State Teachers Retirement System. This seems to me to be a stupid move since both pensions have not done all that well the last two years.
Even more disturbing are the death threats received by Michael Evangelisa-Ysasaga, CEO of The Penna Group.
Evangelisa-Ysasaga’s grandfather came to America illegally. It is his hope that securing the border will create conditions for immigration reform:
‘It is our hope that once we secure our borders, which is the right and duty of every nation, then I think, at that point, we’ll be able to have a rational, productive conversation about comprehensive immigration.’
If his company wins the bidding war we wish him and his crew well. It’s a sad state of affairs when construction workers have to work in fear for their lives.
Border crossings are down 60% according to AG Jeff Sessions who said that Trumps strong leadership is the reason. It is incredible what happens when laws are enforced and a strong stance is taken in favor of legal entry.