It's amazing how much time a script takes to write. It's been months of work, transcribing and agonizing and researching. But it feels like the most important part of the whole process. The script is the skeleton over which everything else grows. And it's pretty much done at this point, though I'm sure I'll tweak it over and over throughout the next weeks.
Meanwhile, the wheels of government are turning. Over 200 organizations have submitted designs, from a surreal fence that uses wire mesh panels from maximum security prisons "emblazoned with the seal of the United States" to protest submissions like "a semi-continuous wall of nearly 10 million pipe organs" with archways every 20 feet.
At the same time, 58% of Americans oppose spending money on the wall and only 28% support it.
The next steps will require funding, so keep an eye out for that.
How worried should we be about the wall?
From the NYTimes:
John F. Kelly, the homeland security secretary, said Wednesday that it was doubtful that a wall along the full border with Mexico would ever be built, despite an oft-repeated campaign promise by President Trump.
“It is unlikely that we will build a wall from sea to shining sea,” Mr. Kelly told senators on the Homeland Security Committee.
But any additional border walls are troubling, and that doesn't even begin to address the fact that our new administration supports "what the Homeland Security Department calls 'extreme vetting' of international travelers" as well as deliberately separating "mothers and children at the border to discourage immigration" (also from the NYTimes article linked above).