Opposable thumbs and the border fence
When documentary filmmaker Roy Germano produced a film titled The Other Side of Immigration, he wondered if the border fence that cost U.S. taxpayers an average $4 million a mile to build is, in fact, a deterrent to would-be illegal immigrants.
He asked two young women to climb the fence while he timed them, and both made it to the top in under 18 seconds on their first attempt.
He posted the video clip on YouTube, where it has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times, and offers a clear perspective on his question about deterrence.
Roberto De Vido is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).