William Thien

How long has it been since we have needed a border wall?

Posted on: November 22, 2017

I recall late one afternoon returning along the footpath from Tijuana, Mexico to San Diego. We were on leave. A rush of people lurched suddenly across the footpath in front of us. There were maybe forty people, perhaps more. They had crawled through a large car-sized hole made in the fortified hurricane fencing that was the perimeter of the border, raced across the footpath, and through another hole in the fence on the American side. Then, hunched down as if to escape detection they dispersed in a matter of seconds among the cars in a large parking lot and were gone, free to move about as they like, now in America.

A few moments later a border patrol helicopter hovered in with a floodlight swirling around the cars in the parking lot and then it too vanished, discovering nobody.

That was in 1994, twenty-three years ago.

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