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U.S. Mexico Border Problem Solution

Updated on September 30, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

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Presidential Candidates, Listen to This!

The people of the United States will be choosing a new President who will take the reigns of government and hopefully guide America towards solutions of the future. One of the lingering problems facing our country seems to be border security. In particular our southern border with Mexico appears to be quite porous despite time and efforts to improve security and safety.

We already have around 600 miles of fencing but that has not insured border security. Fences crumble and need replacing. Tunnels can be dug under fencing which has often been discovered to our dismay.

Inventor and businessman Thomas A. Edison achieved getting 1,093 patents in his lifetime some of which include the incandescent light bulb, movie camera, phonograph and even electric power distribution. A quote attributed to him is the following:

"I find out what the world needs. Then I go ahead and try to invent it."

— Thomas Edison

We need the brainpower of people like Thomas Edison or even Walt Disney to meet the demands of problem solving today!

"If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse."

— Walt Disney

Dreams

I had a dream last night about how to solve our border security problem.

The Mexico and U.S. border is reputedly the world's busiest border and contains some 1,954 miles of International boundary between the two countries. The 4 states bordering Mexico are Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

Map of the U.S. - Mexico Border Region.
Map of the U.S. - Mexico Border Region. | Source

Texas is by far the largest state and much of its border is already defined by the Rio Grande River which courses from El Paso to Brownsville. Of the 1,954 miles of International Boundary, 1,254 of that is in Texas! So with the river in place, we only have another 700 miles with which to be concerned.

My dream was undoubtedly sparked by something viewed on television last night and it had to do with alligators.

This beast could protect both sides of the border!
This beast could protect both sides of the border! | Source

Alligators for Defense!

Alligators are certainly scary looking creatures and believe it or not have supposedly been around for some 37 million years so obviously they are very adaptive. According to Wikipedia their average weight can vary from 790 up to 990 pounds and when fully grown their length is from 13.1 to 14 feet. That is a lot of beastly animal to be kept sated with food!

They eat smaller animals often in one giant bite of their powerful jaws but when confronted with larger prey their method of operation is slightly different. They grab onto the prey and twist and turn carrying the prey underwater to initially drown it. Then they can leisurely feast upon the rotting corpse.

If people feed alligators they lose their natural fear and can become a greater danger and threat.

Alligators can live in brackish as well as fresh water. They are long lived animals.

Alligators for Defense!

What do you think of using alligators for border security?

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First Man on the Moon
First Man on the Moon | Source

Prioritizing!

When President John F. Kennedy spoke to the American people and inspired us to achieve getting man to land on the moon and return safely to earth...we got it done!

Astronaut Neil Armstrong was the 1st person to set foot on the moon and the date was July 20, 1969. He was followed by astronaut Buzz Aldrin. I watched that moon landing as it was televised live that many years ago when visiting friends in Florida.

The sense of pride and accomplishment was great. It just proves that when we set our minds to accomplishing a goal and are inspired to do so, much can be achieved.

Rio Grande River in Big Bend National Park, TX
Rio Grande River in Big Bend National Park, TX | Source

Proposal for Homeland Security

The idea of using moats or rivers to surround castles or towns for defensive purposes as was done in Rothenburg, Germany among many other places is an old one but could be expanded upon to include a country like the United States and Mexico.

Why not?

As already pointed out, there is only about 700 or so arid miles to be concerned with and there are some water sources in those states of New Mexico, Arizona and California which could be drawn upon to achieve dredging out a moat between those states and Mexico.

If we can put a man on the moon, we can build a moat! Make it a big one and pack it with alligators that have been fed by people and which no longer fear people. That should keep people in their own countries on both sides of the border!

Yuma, Arizona already has water coming down from the Colorado River which was diverted via a dam to the All-American Canal running alongside the border.

In New Mexico there is the Gila River as well as the Colorado River and Rio Grande which could be utilized via aquaducts, reservoirs and dams.

You get the idea!

The border between California and Mexico is very short in comparison to the other 3 states.

Sharks
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Shark Tank

Entrepreneurship is alive and well in America. All one has to do is watch the televised Shark Tank each week to understand that salient fact.

Barbara Cocoran, Lori Greiner, Mark Cuban, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O'Leary are the "tough, self-made multi-millionaire and billionaire tycoons" who when discovering an idea they like, they use their own funds to help promote the business or idea.

This quote seems particularly appropriate to what this show espouses:

"It's the independent American spirit that built this country - hard-working entrepreneurs who believe in the reality of their dreams."

— Robert E. Hughes

Perhaps they or even people like Bill Gates and innovators like him could be called upon to help fund this idea of building an alligator stocked moat.

Too bad we cannot also have sharks in the moat. Sharks live in salt water and the moat I am dreaming of would be fresh water and perhaps brackish when meeting the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. So alligators alone will have to save the day!

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Common Goals

Whether Democrat, Republican or Independent, I think that we can all pull together and dedicate ourselves to this border security mission.

Donald Trump can chuck his plan of building a wall as it will no longer be needed.

If by chance someone foolishly decides to ford the alligator crammed moat / river and is injured, perhaps Ben Carson with his surgical skills can advise other doctors as to how to handle the situation.

Surely Carly Fiorina with her experience of being CEO of Hewlett Packard could offer suggestions as to how to proceed with this monumental project.

We have these current governors and former governors of states to lend their executive experience to this goal:

  • John Kasich, governor of Ohio
  • Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey
  • Martin O'Malley, former governor of Maryland
  • Jim Gilmore, former governor of Virginia
  • Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas
  • and Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida.

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We also have these senators and former senators to draw upon for their expertise in managing this project:

  • Ted Cruz, senator from Texas
  • Bernie Sanders, senator from Vermont
  • Marco Rubio, senator from Florida
  • Paul Rand, senator from Kentucky
  • and Rick Santorum the former senator from Pennsylvania.

Last but not least is Hillary Clinton the former first lady and also former Secretary of State. Surely she would be willing to set the stage to ultimately achieve this goal much like John F. Kennedy did decades ago and secure her place in history should she become President of the United States.

So people...what do you think?

Here are some quotes and extra food for thought.

"It may be that those who do most, dream most." Stephen Butler Leacock

— Stephen Butler Leacock

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

— Eleanor Roosevelt

"Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men."

— Goethe

Perhaps tomorrow night I can dream about solving another problem plaguing America. I'm happy to be able to do my part for the country I love.

I will try to solve more world problems next. Stay tuned! (Smile)

Update!

It is now clear who won the election. Mr. Trump beat out all of the other candidates to become President of the United States. If you like the idea of building a moat instead of a wall perhaps you can forward this to the appropriate politicians in your local, state and federal jurisdictions.

Aesthetically a moat would probably be prettier than a wall.

Just think of the landscaping that could be done to beautify it on both sides of our border. In the more arid areas prickly cactus could be planted. Those sharp spines could also act as a deterrent to people thinking of fording the moat as if the alligators were not enough.

Prickly pear cactus plant with big thorns flowering
Prickly pear cactus plant with big thorns flowering | Source

Bamboo could be planted in the more tropical border areas. Thick stands of bamboo would also serve as a more pleasing type of fencing to view adding that extra bit of security. The older a grove of bamboo gets, the thicker and more impenetrable it becomes.

Bamboo grove
Bamboo grove | Source

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Alligators in the Moat: Politics and the Mexican Border
Alligators in the Moat: Politics and the Mexican Border

I had no idea that an actual book had been written on this very subject of my dream. I guess that there are other dreamers out there who like to solve problems like I do when at rest. Getting ready to nod off now!

 

© 2016 Peggy Woods

Looking forward to your comments.

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    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 2 months ago

      You have a point.

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      Peggy Woods 2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      Or perhaps you are listening to too much news? Every day I end up scratching my head in bafflement.

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      Robert Sacchi 2 months ago

      Maybe I've been reading too much on the internet:-)

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      Peggy Woods 2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      I am laughing as I read your response. Hard to believe that some people mistook this as being serious.

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      Robert Sacchi 2 months ago

      A good one. You got me:-)

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      Peggy Woods 2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi DREAM ON,

      I am glad you liked this. I had so much fun writing it and thought that everyone would see humor in it. I think that your idea of using drones and other means of surveillance is a good idea.

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      DREAM ON 2 months ago

      I was fooled by your hub. It might be unrealistic but then it could be the start of thinking of an alternative in a whole different way. if you can think of something cheaper than a wall. Why not drones to patrol the area of interest. Then the spots that show activity we can send security to intercept. No need for permanent wall. So much cheaper. In other areas why not grow vegetation plants, or have animals that we can use for food or bring in a source of income. I enjoyed the hub.

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      Peggy Woods 2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      This was all written in jest. Some people caught it and others thought that I was serious. I guess that with so much of this subject being in the news today this article might have sparked some extra interest. Wish that border control could be so simplistic. Ha!

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      Robert Sacchi 2 months ago

      Don't your solutions involve introducing invasive fauna and flower?

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      Peggy Woods 6 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Peg,

      I am glad that you caught the humor in what I wrote. Some people actually thought that I was serious.

      Your approach of helping people is really best. It is like the old saying of give a man a fish and he has a meal. Teach him to fish and he can provide his own meals. There are many ways to help people worldwide and there are good organizations (many of them volunteer) who do just that.

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      Peg Cole 6 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      At first I thought you were serious! Yes, a moat might just do the trick. What bothers me most about the immigration situation is that many countries other than just Mexico have poverty, famine, drought and starving people looking for a solution. I believe that we need to help others but not necessarily by taking them all from their countries of birth and bringing them here, but by teaching, training and assisting others in how to provide for themselves in their own land.

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      Peggy Woods 18 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      I probably won't be writing any more pieces like this because far too many people thought that I was serious. At least you saw it as political humor. :)

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      Robert Sacchi 18 months ago

      That is the problem with political humor many people will take it seriously and scary enough some people might think the crazy idea proposed as a joke is a good idea.

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      Peggy Woods 19 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Shyron,

      So many people took this bit of humor (on my part) as serious. I guess I am not very good at conveying it. Politics is such a heated subject for so many people and I tend to stay away from most of it...for the most part. As to any fencing or walls...there are tunnels...and many of them. So there is no 100% method of keeping people out if they put their mind to it. Let's all hope for the best now that the election is over.

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      Shyron E Shenko 19 months ago from Texas

      Donald trump, never had the first thought of building a wall/fence. Most of the things he campaigned on was just to get elected and not that he is in, we will see, for better or worse.

      Blessings my friend

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      Peggy Woods 19 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      Thanks for your comment. This was written in a humorous vein. I just added some Amazon capsules and saw the book titled "Alligators in the Moat: Politics and the Mexican Border." I am not sure if that title was also written in jest or if it is simply an attention grabber.

      You interpreted my hub as being serious. Our border security truly is a serious issue. We will see if anything changes now that Mr. Trump will soon be the President of the U.S.

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      Patricia Scott 19 months ago from sunny Florida

      Peggy It goes without saying that this is such an important topic that needs careful, serious consideration. Too little too late is certainly where we have been headed to this point.

      Has anyone seriously considered any of your suggestions ? Truly I am not against immigration when it is done lawfully....our country is weighed down with its own problems and bringing in (which has happened and continues to happen) those who come here for many reasons many of them not ones for which we would want them here only continues to weigh down the problems on our country. I could write a whole other hub on my feelings but won't as I might get carried away.

      Thank you for taking the time to carefully consider and set forth some suggestions.

      Angels are once again on the way ps

      I am gladly sharing this.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dolores,

      So glad you caught the humor in this. I had so much fun in creating this hub. As you said, crazy seems to be the new normal (unfortunately).

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      Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi Peggy, I enjoyed your humorous look at our borders. If some folks don't see the humor here it may be because we have entered a crazy time when people say the craziest things and no one seems to be bothered. Crazy is the new normal.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Frank,

      It was satire to be sure and glad you saw the humor of it. :)

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      I don't know how to comment on this political hub Peggy.. Alligators protecting the boarders..LOL Lets just say it was entertaining, a bit satire and a bit realistic political views on your part.. Good? Anyways, thank you for sharing :)

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      Glad you think so. I am a vivid dreamer. Haha!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      You are one clever lady, Peggy!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Paul,

      So many issues are side stepped for political reasons and the problem continues to plague us. I guess other countries have similar problems. Glad you enjoyed reading this bit of satire and thanks for the share.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi BlossomSB,

      Would they have been traveling in "alligator alley" near the Everglades? Alligators surely are fearsome creatures and one must be cautious around them.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ken Burgess,

      Many people are upset with the few accomplishments of politicians in Washington. Gridlock is firmly in place. People are upset and this particular Presidential run for office surely reflects that as does your comment.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Peggy, I enjoyed reading this hub and thought the idea of using alligators to prey on illegals crossing by water was a funny and novel idea. With the exception of Trump and maybe Cruz, I think there are few politicians who want to deal with illegal immigration. That's because for every one or two illegals working in the States, there is at least one businessman profiting from their cheap labor. Another reason is that the Democrats get a lot of these illegals to vote for them in elections. If there weren't a lot of people benefitting from the 11 million illegals in the U.S., this problem would have already been solved. I am sharing this hub with followers.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A lovely article and it was fun, too! Actually the alligators may not be such a silly idea - we visited friends in Florida some years ago and had to go to a different airport from the one we had first booked to, as they would not drive at night because of the alligators!

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      Ken Burgess 2 years ago from Florida

      I think if we could ship all our politicians to Mexico... all those in Washington now, and all those running for office now, America would be made so much better by that act, that I'd be willing to accept a few million Mexicans, legal or illegal just to get rid of them.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jackie,

      I would hate to have people think that I was serious. Ha! Perhaps the last bit being in bold will make people realize that I was just having a bit of fun when writing this. Anyone skimming the article may not catch that. Oh well...I had a ball writing it. If there was a humor category I would have assigned it to that...but alas!...there is not. Thanks for the share. I agree that we have never seen an election year quite like this one...at least I have not. Shaking head...

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Sorry about that! lol I guess so many of us have it so much on our mind that I fear we will get a nut like DT for president for being the only one who will say what is! Like Nell (who apparently took it serious too) it is not easy to laugh at, seeing our countries turned upside down and not knowing our left from our right, literally! I shared, and will be back to see how everyone else does. hahaha

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi again RJ Schwartz,

      I made my second last sentence in bold so hopefully more people will catch the humor. Ha ha!

      As to writing more serious ones, I tend to write on a variety of subjects and not too many are political in nature. Just a few...

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      Ralph Schwartz 2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

      You should start writing serious political works - if your satirical ones are this good, I'm certain you'd have epic serious ones.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jackie,

      I see that you took my solution seriously when it was meant as comedy but the problem is real as you mentioned. Overstaying visas is one way we end up with illegal aliens in our country and as you also mentioned...some of them intend harm to us. It truly is a serious issue.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Nell,

      Sorry for the problems you have in your own country. I guess every country has their own unique...or sometimes similar problems. Hopefully you have found another job?

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      Ralph Schwartz 2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

      Ouch...ha ha ha ha - I find myself being too much of a realist on things.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello RJ Schwartz,

      I wrote this tongue in cheek and did not expect serious answers. Actually water is a major problem in some of our southwestern states so the building of a moat would be just about impossible. I had fun writing this however. :))

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Hillary Clinton has said she does not think we have an immigration problem (we just need to learn to live with it) so you can rule her out for sure. Actually and truthfully, I have wondered about this myself but I think you will have many hit the roof over it. They have not figured out how this problem will finally destroy us if it isn't on its way to already. Taxpayers are being done so wrong having to support and educate everyone that comes here not only by border but many legally as were the Boston Bombers and we were supporting and educating them but for some reason that is overlooked and not talked about. The more ignorant our leaders keep us the more votes they can buy with our money until there is only one party and soon after a one world government.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi, I come from England so don't really know the problems, but I do know ours. it seems that the second someone foreign gets on a plane in their country, however evil they are, the second they step of the plane in Britain they have more darn rights than we English do! recently my son tried to get dole money (welfare?) but was told no! then I lost my job and asked for it, and once again, no! but they come into the country, get a free house and money for them and their kids! makes me so mad!

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      Ralph Schwartz 2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

      I like the way you think its so American. I especially like the way you've defined the preventative actions (sharks, alligators) as stringent enough to insure compliance. If our justice system had such harsh punishments, I'm certain the crime rate would drop, perhaps that's why the Liberals fear the death penalty as it will eliminate most of their voters.

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