The Shogun promises to build a wall along the Thai-Burmese boarder to keep illegal workers out of the country. According to Government spokesman, Mr Por Kee Pye, there may be up to a million illegal migrant laborers in Thailand. Most of these belong to the Karen and Shan minorities from Burma, who have been driven out of their homes by the Burmese army.
Mr Pye continued, to stop this we will be following Trumps ideas and building a wall to keep them out. The wall will be 21,000 kilometers long, 8 meters high and will have watchtowers every 500 meters. We have no idea how to build it, but we have asked our friends in the Chinese Government. They are experts in this sort of thing and they have promised to send us 1,800,000 coolies to build it. It is estimated that the wall should be completed within 200 years.
Members of opposition parties have voiced concern. Karens and Shans make up the entire agricultural workforce, they claim. Without them to work in the paddies, we'll just have to stop growing rice. The idea is as absurd as growing oranges in California without Mexicans to pick them.
CNBC talked about walls (9 Oct 2015)
If Donald Trump were to build a wall along the United States' southern border, it would cost billions.
The U.S. border with Mexico is roughly 2,000 miles long and underlines four states from California to Texas. It is a massive stretch of land — the Berlin Wall spanned just 96 miles comparatively, and it cost about $25 million to build in 1961, or around $200 million with inflation.
Building a wall to keep out illegal immigrants is not a novel plan. About 670 miles of fencing on the U.S.-Mexico border was completed in accordance with the Bush administration's Secure Fence Act of 2006. That alone cost about $2.4 billion, for roughly one-third of the entire border and, according to migration experts, some of the easier and less costly areas to fence.
The Secure Fence Act called for 700 miles of fencing, with a double layer throughout, but much of the barrier isn't reinforced this way. Even before the fence reached its first stage of completion, some argued it was not being constructed properly.
"It's a lot more expensive than we expected when we started, and it was much more difficult," said Ronald Vitiello, deputy chief of border patrol for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, at a Senate Committee hearing in May.
Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said in a January 2015 statement to right-leaning publication Daily Caller (founded by Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson and former Dick Cheney advisor Neil Patel) that "In our conversations with outside groups, experts and stakeholders, we learned that it would be an inefficient use of taxpayer money to complete the fence. … We are using that money to utilize other technology to create a secure border."
"I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I'll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words," Trump said in his presidential announcement speech.
On his campaign website, Trump's immigration reform plan calls for impounding remittance payments derived from illegal wages and imposing increased visa and entry fees to the U.S. from Mexico unless the latter agrees to finance the wall.
Mexico picking up the tab is unlikely, and so is doing it cheaply.
"The cost of it is extraordinary; the terrain makes it impossible — it's a great sound bite, but it's not defensible in terms of a practical policy," said GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush at a town hall meeting in Denver.
According to a Government Accountability Office 2009 report, the cost to build 1 mile of fencing at the border averaged between $2.8 million and $3.9 million. But that figure may be low relative to costs for future sections of the wall. It's based only on the first 220 miles fenced and does not include other factors, such as topography, transportation logistics in harder-to-reach areas (i.e. road-building and earth and drainage work), labor costs, land acquisition costs and surveillance equipment.
One aspect of the wall debate more important than the cost is its worth. The migration expert Rosenblum said fencing in remote areas of the U.S. isn't likely to achieve the goal of a more secure border.
"It's not necessary to have a pedestrian fence in places where the infrastructure doesn't support people walking toward the border," Vitiello said in his May Senate testimony.
Border walls work in densely populated areas — such as Israel's wall in the West Bank — where slowing down a person trying to illegally enter by five or 10 minutes can make a difference to border patrol. But when the migrant trying to enter is traveling over remote mountains and deserts for three days, using a fence to slow them down by a few minutes doesn't have the same effect — it borders (pun intended) on the trivial, Rosenblum said.
"There is a reason people don't build fences in the middle of nowhere; it doesn't change the enforcement profile in the middle of nowhere," the migration expert said. "The existing fence has worked because of where it is, near populated areas. Both Democrats and Republicans have testified that they have the fencing they need," Rosenblum said.