Funding of a controversial process called augmented plate fragmentation was approved on Tuesday as border-state lawmakers vowed to stop illegal immigrants from reaching the United States through Mexico.
The process, which would deploy explosive probes to create rifts in the earth and move landmasses, would, in theory, create a 50-mile wide strait between Mexico and the southern U.S. and Texas border.
“This is the kind of creative thinking you can expect from the Republican-controlled Congress,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan.” The $875 billion project is endorsed by Texas, which seceded from the U.S. two years ago and plans a similar geologic effort called “Frackin’ Mexico,” underwritten by oil and gas drilling companies.
“This will protect our economy from people who crowd our employment market and steal vast amounts of federal funds,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “There’s absolutely no way illegal immigrants can get across this water.”
While many legislators were initially hesitant about the proposal due to potential widespread environmental damage and loss of life, most were won over by the hundreds of miles of beachfront property the fragmentation would create across the Southwest.
Zambelli Fireworks, which provided geologic advice to lawmakers, has been authorized to test the fragmentation process in New Mexico, which continues to insist it’s a U.S. state. Famed film producer J.J. Abrams has purchased the rights to produce three disaster movies based on the New Mexico test.