Border crisis: America, here's an abbreviated history of border walls

I was recently given the unique privilege of viewing a remote, yet extremely important tract of land that cuts the Korean Peninsula in half. It is known as the DMZ—the Demilitarized Zone—or by the infamous reference “The 38th Parallel.” In all, it is 250 kilometers long and 4 kilometers wide. To call it “demilitarized” is a bit of dark humor. Made of earthen walls, concrete, and barbed wire, this border is interrupted only by guard towers manned by soldiers with automatic rifles.

With the use of a pair of field glasses, I could see the guard posts of the North Korean People’s Army (KPA) across the wide expanse of this No Man’s Land, and if you looked very carefully, you could even make out the dark figures of the sentries themselves. It’s a dangerous place. Those occupying the 150 guard posts on the northern side of the wire have been known to shoot more than a few people on the southern side.

Since the Korean War ended in July 1953, more than a thousand South Koreans, Americans, and other citizens of countries that comprise the forces of the United Nations have been killed along this stretch of hotly contested land. As recently as 2015, North Korea lobbed a few shells into a nearby South Korean village to destroy, of all things, loudspeakers playing K-Pop. I’ve heard of asking your neighbors to turn down their music, but this is taking it to a whole new level.

As the soldier guiding me pointed out various aspects of this barrier, I couldn’t help but think of the current controversy surrounding Trump’s proposed border wall.  More than that, I thought of border walls throughout history and their purposes.

Here are a few:

 Read more at Fox News

Current News

President Donald Trump orders crackdown on 'visa overstays' in latest push against illegal immigration

President Donald Trump orders crackdown on 'visa overstays' in latest push against illegal immigration

President Donald Trump opened a new flank in his battle against illegal immigration on Monday when he ordered his administration to crack down on "visa overstays" – foreigners who legally enter the country but remain in the U.S. after their visas expire  Read more

U.S. Won't Renew Sanction Exemptions For Countries Buying Iran's Oil

U.S. Won't Renew Sanction Exemptions For Countries Buying Iran's Oil

President Trump will not renew special waivers that have allowed Japan, China, India, Turkey and South Korea to import oil from Iran without running afoul of renewed U.S. sanctions, the White House announced Monday. The waivers are set to expire in early May  Read more

McConnell pledges to be 'Grim Reaper' for progressive policies

McConnell pledges to be 'Grim Reaper' for progressive policies

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday vowed to be the "Grim Reaper" for progressive policies if Republicans hold on to the Senate in 2020  Read more

 Trump sues to block House subpoena of financial records

Trump sues to block House subpoena of financial records

Elijah Cummings wants records from accounting firm Mazars USA as part of an investigation into Trump's business empire  Read more

	Elizabeth Warren Wants to Pay Off Your Student Loans with Other People’s Money

Elizabeth Warren Wants to Pay Off Your Student Loans with Other People’s Money

It’s time for bold action to actually fix the debt crisis. Here’s what my new plan would do:  Read more

	Supreme Court Mulls Citizenship Question for Census

Supreme Court Mulls Citizenship Question for Census

This is another case in which Trump administration behavior is provoking plaintiffs to ask the judiciary to police the blurry boundaries of executive discretion  Read more