President Donald Trump, long an advocate for a wall between the U.S.-Mexico border to supposedly stem the flow of migrants coming to America, wants to include some pretty harsh elements to his design of the barrier.
Officials speaking to the Washington Post described the president’s ideas, which include painting the entire structure black.
The idea is that the wall — which would actually be a bollard fence, or “slats” as Trump has called them — would be heated up to temperatures too hot to climb, burning the skin on contact. But a source explained that doing so would be impractical, increasing the costs of the wall dramatically and indefinitely.
“Once you paint it, you always have to paint it,” the administration source said.
Trump isn’t only thinking about the exterior of the border fence either. He’s also making considerations for what he wants to see at the top of the structure.
He’s gone so far as to advocate for sharp metal spikes, sources told the Post, which he believes would be intimidating to migrants who might think twice about climbing the structure. Trump made the suggestion after a proposal involving a flat-panel, anti-climbing surface was offered to him, according to officials with knowledge of the plans.
The aesthetics aside, Trump’s ideas for what should be included in the border wall showcase his intent to try and drive fear into the hearts of people who are largely trying to escape from the violence of their countries of origin. Some may argue that the plans put forth by the president are unethical or even inhumane — an argument that some have made about the idea of expanding the border wall itself.
“A wall would probably drive [immigrants] into more remote areas of the desert or mountains, possibly to their deaths, as the forces driving them — violence, persecution and extreme poverty — are more life-threatening than a risky border crossing,” Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times earlier this year.
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