To The Daily Sun,
Thinking of barriers, remember when Pres. Reagan challenged Pres. Gorbachev, with "Take down this wall"? That setting for lethal-shootings-by-guards, the Berlin Wall, came down. My teenaged daughter was in Spain that summer in an exchange of students, and she called me up, said, "Mom, guess where I am?" My reply, "Spain." "No. I'm at the Berlin Wall!" Historic, that the post-WWII political "solution" was done with. She brought home a hand-sized piece of the rubble. Now she's a mother and her older is a teen the age she was in Spain and Germany.
A good thing about a wall such as Pres. Trump proposes is that someday it might become a political victory for someone who says for the good of humanity and with courage, "Take down this wall!"
But I've also thought, as I hear that the tomatoes we get from Mexico in the winter will soon not be on our shelves, due to border mess-up there, is that we should have an organic wall. It could be a hundreds of miles stretch of grove trees. Oranges, peaches maybe. People with Irish surnames came to our land of plenty after their potato famine drove them to a better place. Our English ancestors in New England who left from Ipswich, England, and came to Ipswich, MA, were escaping death-by-politics (wrong political party). This was a better place to be, to stay alive and perhaps safely raise children. How normal, to go from a place that doesn't work for survival to one that does.
A grove of trees, offering lovely view and respite and even God-given fruits —that would be ideal and cost far less than steel and concrete — and be friendly. It would also allow for the passage-through of wildlife in their natural habitat.
Lynn Rudmin Chong