Donald Trump: Talk To El Chapo Before Building Your Great Border Wall

A section of a US border fence completed in 2011 near Nogales, Mexico.

By Felicia J. Persaud

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Feb. 24, 2017: In Donald Trump’s universe, aka his mind, there is no doubt that his “Great Border Wall” will keep out all ‘bad hombres’ from the U.S. – at least on the Southern side of the border.

And there’s no convincing his diehard fans, aka the dummies who voted for him because they want to shut out brown and black immigrants – otherwise.

But here’s a newsflash Donald.  At least one bad hombre – El Chapo – is in the US’ borders and there’s no getting rid of him anytime soon.

And yes we all know you were not kidding about your big beautiful wall dream. You reminded us of this on January 25th when you signed your executive order telling officials to begin to “plan, design and construct a physical wall” along the 3,200-kilometre (2,000-mile) US-Mexico border.

You reminded us again on Feb. 8th when you insisted at a conference of County Sheriffs at the White House: “The wall is getting designed right now. A lot of people say, ‘Oh, oh, Trump was only kidding with the wall.’ I wasn’t kidding. I don’t kid. I don’t kid.”

And you harped on it again on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, when you rudely took time out from hosting the Japanese Prime Minister to tweet: “I am reading that the great border WALL will cost more than the government originally thought, but I have not gotten involved in … the design or negotiations yet,” Trump wrote in a series of two consecutive tweets. “When I do, just like with the F-35 FighterJet or the Air Force One Program, price will come WAY DOWN!”

We get it! But Donald, here’s a bit of advice! Not that that you will take it. But here goes anyway – before your waste time and tax payer dollars on design and construction, please, please talk to El Chapo.

Before you waste USD 21 billion of our money – many paid in taxes by the immigrants you despise – and saddle us with an eye sore that will keep no one out, please have a chat with El Chapo.

El Chapo and his friends in the Sinaloa cartel know all about getting out of walls, over walls and under them. In fact, just last December, Mexican police discovered two  new tunnels that officials believed drug traffickers used to sneak from the border city of Tijuana into the United States. One of them reached to San Diego.

It was only the latest tunnel found since 2006. One of the longest cross-border drugs-smuggling tunnels between Mexico and the US was found by authorities in San Diego in April 2016. The 800-m (874 yards) tunnel was used to transport an “unprecedented cache” of cocaine and marijuana and was the 13th sophisticated secret tunnel found along California’s border with Mexico since 2006.

And since 2001, US law enforcement discovered more than 100 tunnels along the border with Mexico.

El Chapo himself has told you what he thinks of your wall. Last year, before his extradition to the US, El Chapo took to Twitter, the communication tool you so love, to reassure Mexicans that they shouldn’t worry about your infamous pledge to build a border wall.

“The wall is no problem, I’ll knock it down, I’ll jump over it or I’ll go under it,” he wrote last year.

That’s the reality Donald. You would do well to listen. Because those ‘bad hombres’ are simply singing: ‘El Trumpeto, Great Wall, No Problem!’

felicia-j-persaud-newsamericasnowThe writer is CMO at Hard Beat Communications, Inc. which owns the brands: NewsAmericasNow, CaribPRWire and InvestCaribbeanNow.