While the politically diverse but outdoor-loving Friends of Big Bend National Park Facebook group rigorously avoids any and all political discussion — to the degree such talk is quickly shut down — President Trump’s signing of an executive order to build a U.S.-Mexico wall changed all that. One member asked innocently where the wall would be built. Responses include:
Kavin Allenson: Hopefully, around the Cheeto-in-Chief.
Mike Wood: If I had to guess, at the border?
Jason Bainbridge: The river is the border and it is a fluid border, so if the river moves, so does the border. Building a wall is just not feasible.
Cody Reichenau: I’m hoping it will take years to figure that out exactly, and by that time we’ll have booted him out.
Bill-Ann Gibson: Big Bend is too beautiful to put up an ugly wall.
Mike Wood: It’s not just a metal wall like the one that already exists at Presidio. Why put a 20-foot wall on a 200-foot-tall canyon? That’s where the electronic wall goes.
Mike Klassen: I wouldn’t put my money on there ever being a wall through the Big Bend. It will be a “wall” of surveillance. That’s my opinion.
Nicolas Arcia: They need to talk to the park rangers there. It’s a solution looking for a problem in Big Bend National Park. From what I was told, they don’t have an issue with smugglers as they do in other areas because of the terrain.
Matthew Morrow: Have a friend who used to be an agent there. Loads do go through the park who have been stopped.
David Wilcoxen: It’s a solution for the financial well-being of contractors, that’s for sure.
Cody Craig: There will never be a wall in the Big Bend region. No need for it. I have never felt safer in my life than there and don’t expect that to change anytime soon. If I have even seen an illegal crossing, they must have been disguised as rocks.
Ed Herndon: The maps I have looked at all skip the Big Bend area. No reason for a wall there, considering the vast remoteness of the area on both sides of the river. The percentage of illegals crossing in that area is minimal.
Patsy Cox Culver: We have a wall. . . . it’s called Santa Elena Canyon and Mariscal and . . .
Linda Marie Turner Collins: Think of the negative environmental impact it will have. It needs to be stopped before it destroys everything.
Rick Meier: In areas that a wall can be built, a wall will go up. In areas where a wall is not practical, fencing will be used. In areas like Big Bend, walls are impractical and fencing unnecessary. Along the Rio Grande from Big Bend to Presidio, more Border Patrol agents. You can’t build a fence along the river. Along the Rio Grande to Matamoros, walls, fences, drones and more Border Patrol. The point is, increase manpower and security. And walls and fences do work. You just have to enforce it.
Bryan Campbell: The very best place for it would be around Washington, D.C.