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August 28, 2009

Border Scrap; If you build it; it may be worth something you did not imagine

This is a funny story about how Mexicans are stealing parts of the US border fence to sell for scrap. According to Mark "Rizzn" Hopkins it cost about $6 million per mile... at http://rizzn.com/blog/2009/05/cost-to-fence-us-mexico-border-118.php

Scrap steel is worth $452.50 per ton according to http://www.metalprices.com/

I am not sure how many tons of steel per mile it takes to build a fence. But if you divide $6,000,000 per mile by $452 per ton apparently the fence does have an inherent value of scrap. Prior examples of removing fences for their inherent value are Hadrian Wall in the United Kingdom and the Great Wall of China.

www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-lt-mexico-border-fence-theft,0,3999346.story
chicagotribune.com

"Border banditry: Mexico arrests 6 in theft of chunks of border fence to sell for scrap by Associated Press, August 26, 2009

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Police in the Mexican border city of Tijuana say they have arrested six men for stealing pieces of the U.S. border fence to sell as scrap metal.

Holes in the border fence once were more commonly made by migrant smugglers, but fewer people are trying to cross because of a weak U.S. economy and a crackdown on immigration.

The Tijuana police department says the suspects intended to sell the steel sheeting as scrap...".

Posted by VisaLawyer at August 28, 2009 07:46 AM

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