If state Rep. Valarie Hodges has her way, the concrete median barrier along I-12 in Livingston Parish will be relocated to the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Republican legislator from Denham Springs has introduced a measure that would authorize removing the 19-mile-long wall, which many local officials claim exacerbated record area flooding in August 2016, and transporting it to the northern banks of the Rio Grande to enhance border security.
Hodges called House Bill 1069 a “no-brainer,” claiming the barrier would be of significantly greater benefit along the southern U.S. border.
“That wall caused so much flooding in my home parish,” Hodges claimed. “It only makes sense to move it to a place where it’s really needed.”
“We can just drop it in the Amite River, float it down to the Gulf of Mexico, and let the currents take it to Brownville, TX, where it can be floated up the Rio Grande to wherever President (Donald) Trump says it’s needed most.”
The second-term lawmaker insists transporting the massive concrete barricade over 500 miles would cost next to nothing.
“We can just drop it in the Amite River, float it down to the Gulf of Mexico, and let the currents take it to Brownville, TX, where it can be floated up the Rio Grande to wherever President (Donald) Trump says it’s needed most. It’s just that simple,” Hodges explained.
According to Hodges, the approximately 5-foot-high wall would be an excellent deterrent to illegal immigration.
“If that wall can hold back all the millions of gallons of floodwater from flowing across the interstate, just think how well it can hold back millions of illegal Mexicans from flowing across the border,” Hodges said. “I really can’t believe no one’s thought of this idea before.”