Interior secretary on wall: We're not going to cede Rio Grande to Mexico

Interior secretary on wall: We’re not going to cede Rio Grande to Mexico


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Interior secretary on wall: We’re not going to cede Rio Grande to Mexico
The Hill ^ | 03/29/2017 | Ben Kamisar

Posted on 03/29/2017 7:47:33 AM PDT by GIdget2004

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday mused about the difficulties of building President Trump’s signature border wall on the Mexican border, asserting that America can’t give away the Rio Grande to Mexico in the process.

“The border is complicated, as far as building a physical wall,” he said during a speech to the Public Land Council in Washington D.C., according to E&E News.

“The Rio Grande, what side of the river are you going to put the wall? We’re not going to put it on our side and cede the river to Mexico. And we’re probably not going to put it in the middle of the river.”

The report also said Zinke admitted that the administration could instead rely on electronic defenses or could skip building the wall in certain areas where terrain may make crossing improbable.

Thanks to a 1970 treaty negotiated between the United States and Mexico, the middle of the Rio Grande serves as the boundary between the two countries in some places. That treaty, as well as the natural shifts of the river, served as a stumbling block to previous attempts to build border fencing and could complicate the Trump administration’s push for a wall.

Trump made the construction of a border wall to stem the flow of illegal immigration a centerpiece of his presidential campaign. Once in the Oval Office, Trump almost immediately signed an executive order calling for the wall to be built and the Department of Homeland Security has requested proposals for the wall.

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To: GIdget2004

Build the wall where you can.

Pikes on the North shore of the river will do just fine.

2 posted on 03/29/2017 7:51:37 AM PDT by Regulator

To: GIdget2004

Build the wall.

All of the wall.

Now.

3 posted on 03/29/2017 7:51:58 AM PDT by cba123 ( Toi la nguoi My. Toi bay gio o Viet Nam.)

To: GIdget2004

The border fence doesn’t have to be on the actual border. In fact, it is better if it is a little bit on our side so that Mexico has no say about it, we have full access for repairs and that anyone touching is already in the US illegally and can be dealt with.

4 posted on 03/29/2017 7:52:11 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity – Pres. Eisenhower)

To: Regulator

5 posted on 03/29/2017 7:57:01 AM PDT by Vic S

To: Regulator

How about we just eminent domain some land on the south side of the Rio Grande? Works for me. Man, can you hear la raza squeeling about that?

6 posted on 03/29/2017 7:57:57 AM PDT by rktman (Enlisted in the Navy in ’67 to protect folks rights to strip my rights. WTH?!)

To: GIdget2004

“The Rio Grande, what side of the river are you going to put the wall? We’re not going to put it on our side and cede the river to Mexico.

The people of the USA want that wall so build and quit making excuses. Trump needs to fire him.

The Rio Grande is ditch with fetid dirty water in it. Barely a creek in most places.

7 posted on 03/29/2017 7:58:55 AM PDT by central_va (I won’t be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)

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