Trump’s wall is big, beautiful and dumb — here’s a better way to control the border – LA Times

If the goal is to stop illegal immigration, I’ve got some advice for President Trump from here in California, which used to be part of Mexico and now has turned itself into a kind of sanctuary state.

For starters, the promised “big, beautiful wall” along the southern border of the United States doesn’t make much sense. If Trump doesn’t trust me, he should go to El Centro — as I did in March — and talk to Albert Garcia, the retired Border Patrol welder who spent 25 years fixing holes in the fence.

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Who’s the world’s leading eco-vandal? It’s Angela Merkel | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian

Protesters dressed as Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni, Donald Trump and Angela Merkel, Sicily, May 2017
‘Her performance has been a planetary disaster.’ Protesters dressed as Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni, Donald Trump and Angela Merkel, Sicily, May 2017.
Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

Which living person has done most to destroy the natural world and the future wellbeing of humanity? Donald Trump will soon be the correct answer, when the full force of his havoc has been felt. But for now I would place another name in the frame: Angela Merkel.

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