The wall is great rhetoric, but . . .

As Robert Frost said: Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.

That is true with U.S. politics and Donald Trump’s plan for a high wall at the border with México. Those who oppose the plan cite human rights reasons, economics or the desire to reunite families. But many have never been to the border.

An analysis on the news

In fact, Trump is going to need much more than a wall. Everyone knows that the narcos dig elaborate tunnels to bring their merchandise into the United States. There are smugglers who work by sea, and there is no wall so high that it cannot be climbed.

There are stowaways who enter the United States on trucks and trains. Along the Mexican side of the border are shanty towns full of those who would just seek a way into the United States.

A few hours at the border can be a lesson in the creativity of migrants.

In addition, some U.S. border towns, such as Laredo, Texas, rely on shoppers from México to keep the bottom line blue.

Costa Rica has its problems with the southern border now after already guiding about 9,000 Cubans to a better life in the United States. A wall would be helpful but not impenetrable.

Trump, clearly the Republican presidential nominee, is correct in seeking to secure the border from illegal immigration. From a human rights standpoint, the illegals dying of dehydration in the Sonora Desert would be a good argument for more restrictions.

The wall seems to be a good campaign talking point, but unless the United States adopts the policies of the East German police with attack dogs,  machine guns and land mines, Trump is going to have to find a more practical policy.

A Mexican lad is not far from the top of this modern wall at the border in Brownsville, Texas.

A Mexican lad is not far from the top of this modern wall at the border in Brownsville, Texas.

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