Prototypes for new border wall almost finished

Daily News Article - October 16, 2017


1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

2. a) Define prototype as used in this article.

3. Answer the following regarding the prototypes:
a) How many prototypes are being built?
b) Where are the prototypes being built? Be specific.
c) What is the deadline for completion of the prototypes?
d) How many companies were selected to build prototypes?
e) What types of materials are being used?
f) What will Border Patrol look for when testing and evaluating the prototypes?

4. How did President Trump explain the purpose of the wall in his Executive Order?

5. How did Ron Vitiello, acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection deputy commissioner explain the procedure for securing the border?

6. For what reasons do the California Attorney General and the San Diego City Council oppose the construction of a wall on the border?

7. Read the excerpt from President’s Executive Order (under “Background” below) explaining the federal law and his responsibility as president to secure the border.
a) Why is securing the border important? Be specific.
b) What responsibility does the president have for the border under federal law?

8. a) What is the role of the U.S. President as head of the Executive Branch of the government?
b) In authorizing the construction of a wall, the president noted in his Executive Order that he is enforcing the following laws:

Consider this: A president’s job is to enforce the law. The U.S. is, as John Adams said, “a nation of laws, not a nation of men.”
“A nation of laws” means that laws, not people, rule. Everyone is to be governed by the same laws. No one is, or can be allowed to be, above the law.

Why do you think people opposed to enforcing immigration law don’t just work to change the laws with which they disagree?