Hey, Maybe Los Federales Could Secure The Bridges That Cross The Border

How can they secure the border, when they cannot secure a bridge. And, by bridge, I mean

On each side of a towering West Texas stretch of the $2.4 billion border fence designed to block people from illegally entering the country, there are two metal footbridges, clear paths into the United States from Mexico.

The footpaths that could easily guide illegal immigrants and smugglers across the Rio Grande without getting wet seem to be there because of what amounts to federal linguistics. While just about anyone would call them bridges, the U.S.-Mexico group that owns them calls them something else.

“Technically speaking it’s not a bridge, it’s a grade control structure,” said Sally Spener, spokeswoman for the International Boundary and Water Commission, which maintains the integrity of the 1,200-mile river border between the U.S. and Mexico. The structures under the spans help prevent the river — and therefore the international border — from shifting.

Technically speaking, take a look at the photo in the story, or the one above. Because

Whatever they’re called, there are fresh sneaker tracks on the structures — indicating they’re being used as passages into the country.

After a private meeting with Rio Grande Valley police chiefs Thursday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said news of the unsecured footbridges did not surprise him.

“This is a long border,” Perry said. “It’s been discouraging that there’s something as obvious (as the bridges) and the federal government hasn’t addressed it.”

And, it is completely ignored. KRGV, out of the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, did a story on this same thing back in May (of this year?), which is where the picture of those two illegals came from.

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3 Responses to “Hey, Maybe Los Federales Could Secure The Bridges That Cross The Border”

  1. captainfish says:


    I’m sorry, what? Dude, I can’t be bothered with things that don’t matter to my house. Heck, if it doesn’t mean I have to get out of my lazy-boy, then it isn’t really real.

    I mean, what does it really mean and who does it really effect. Come on. What, maybe a couple of fishing people a year cross just to get to the “Greener” fish?

    And you want to make a big deal out of that!?!?

    Sheesh. You really have gone off the deep end dude. Just chill, relax, and crack open another Jolt. You think those kids will take your Jolt? Dude….

  2. Reasic says:

    Um… Judging by the picture you have there, that river is not very wide. What’s to stop someone from swimming or wading across? Why is the bridge such a big deal?

  3. captainfish says:

    That bridge and others like it are flood control and bank control devices established decades ago to help stabilize the stream banks to keep them from migrating naturally, thus keeping the position of our southern border in flux.

    That river is the Rio.

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