Since the Feds have failed miserably to protect the 389-mile Arizona-Mexico border to keep drug traffickers and illegals from the US, a grass-roots group has proposed citizens take efforts into their own hands and build a wall themselves. The name of the group is The Great Wall of Arizona.
I have been in e-mail contact with Mr. David Garretson who is heading up the project, and I agree with him in the wake of a border patrol agent being shot and killed it is even more imperative to have a physical barrier. From their website:
"TheGreatWallOfArizona.org is dedicated to getting as many people as possible to the Arizona Mexico border to build a wall. Recent polls show that 68% of Americans think that there should be a physical barrier between the US and Mexico. TheGreatWallOfArizona.org is a grassroots movement to get that physical barrier built. Americans have a lot of different personal reasons for wanting to build a wall. Instead of getting caught up in all the different reasons TheGreatWallOfArizona.org strives to emphasis the common goal of building the wall. If you want to be a part of an American community that values actions more than words and you want to build a wall between Arizona and Mexico then join us here at TheGreatWallOfArizona.org by clicking on the Join button at the top right and let's get the job done."
Below are some questions asked and answered via e-mail by Mr. Garretson and can also be found on the site:
"Who actually owns the land?
The land on the Arizona-Mexico border is comprised of private, state, federal, and Indian Reservation ownership as well as Drug Cartel & Human Smuggler occupation.
How can private citizens just build a wall?
As annoying as the answer is how can we not? The Arizona State Government has stated that this is a Federal Government issue and actively pursues the issue as long as voters are watching. The Federal Government, through Janet Napolitano, has stated they have done their job securing the border and done it well! Yet we have all seen the signs warning American citizens not to travel in areas of Arizona due to safety concerns about the drug and human smuggling activities in the area. I think the last stat I read was 80 square miles of Arizona has been taken over by these invaders. If its not the States problem and the Federal Government doesn't think its a problem then it is time for American citizens to stand up, take back some of the power they have lent to the government, and get the job done.
The border patrol agents, the local/county/state law enforcement agents, and citizens that have died because of our unsecured borders have lost their God given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Since government is a reflection of the governed I can't help but think "We The People" are responsible for those lives. Please don't misunderstand me. I'm not suggesting a coup d'etat although some might right now.
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure." - Thomas Jefferson.
What I am suggesting is a little healthy Civil Disobedience "Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step towards obtaining it." - Henry David Thoreau
I admit this isn't planned out to the Nth degree and wrapped in a pretty bow but my heart, my mind, and through prayer my soul agrees that it is altogether necessary. As of right now the plan is to ask the private citizens and the Indian Nations for the necessary land. As far as government owned lands the political pull of a few million people will hopefully be enough to allow us to build. If not we'll re-evaluate our options.
How would you coordinate 2 million people?
We would use the talent of those that have volunteered. There are bound to be many military, law enforcement, and construction/engineer volunteers. We will tap them and their experience organizing large groups to come up with a game plan."
This plan sounds reasonable to me. After all, this person tried to do something about it:
Then this person sued her:
And then this person castigated her in front of the whole world:
And this person, instead of protecting our borders:
Gave us this:
And if you have any doubts that one person can make a difference, remember this: because of this one person:
We had this:
You can follow them on twitter: @GreatWallOfAZ
When our own government fails to protect us, it may be time to take matters into our own hands.
And FYI they are not asking for money, only people to assist.