The Trump administration has put out an RFP (Request for Proposal) for designs for the Wall. In an article about how some architects would like to find a way to make the Wall beautiful as well as effective, this stood out to me:
“Janet Napolitano, the former secretary of Homeland Security and governor of Arizona, once said, “You show me a 50-foot wall, and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder at the border.” Yet we persist in not only maintaining that wall but expanding it. The border wall is a symbolic and real barrier. It aims to create a neat binary in a complex world. North vs. south. The United States vs. Mexico. Legal vs. illegal. Us vs. them. The polarizing effect is both insidious and intentional.”
At a cost of several tens of billions of dollars, the Wall will do little to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States. But it will send a powerful message to the rest of the world about what kind of nation America has become. That America is a far cry from what our founders envisioned, a far cry from what the French envisioned when they gifted us with the Statue of Liberty, a far cry from Ronald Reagan’s shining city on a hill, and a far cry from what every modern President has championed right up till the current one, who has a very different vision of America. Donald Trump’s America is dark, divisive, and ugly place.