With refugee crises around the world, we've been hearing a lot about 'sovereignty' and 'controlling our borders'. I have mixed feelings about it, and a deep mistrust of anyone who claims the answers are easy.
We have a border fence between the US and Mexico.
|Fence photo courtesy of Guardian.|
Today, I read about a bunch of artists who erected a string of Helium-filled balloons perpendicular to and on both sides of the US-Mexico border.
They purchased these adorable balloons. Apparently, they sell them in Home Depots and Ag supply stores to discourage birds from eating field crops.
|The store-bought balloons come printed with giant eyes to scare birds away from crop fields.|
They put their fence ACROSS the border, in a straight line. It's like they are stitching the land on both sides of the border together.
|When is a fence not a fence but more like a tie?|
|Map of actual Customs and Border Patrol network of aerostats (big balloons).|
The TARS balloons are bigger--much bigger.
|My, what big gas tanks you have!|
Now let's look at another brilliant piece of border art. Artist Ana Fernandez painted a section of the fence separating Tijuana and San Diego to 'erase' it.
|More border art on the fence between Tijuana and San Diego.|