As the Trump administration calls for border wall design proposals, a group of Mexican and U.S. engineers known as the MADE Collective have submitted an actual proposal that calls for unity the border and not division, as reported by Futurism.
The MADE Collective’s project is called Otra Nation, “a regenerative territory open to citizens of both Mexico and the United States that is co-maintained by both governments.”
There is a proposal in English and one in Spanish. The collective said that on March 20, this proposal “was submitted to both Governments of the United States and Mexico. We believe that a plan defined by shared goals can shape the relationship of our respective nations for generations. Our budget cost to the governments is approximately $10-15B. The additional $11B earmarked for the border solution are to be reinvested into healthcare, education and the arts in the United States.”
Here is part of the collective’s proposal:
OTRA ID System
By bringing together the latest advancements in vocal, iris and biometric recognition systems, Otra Nation will be the engine for a continent-wide cross border solution. At the major hyperloop station hubs and on the boundaries Otra will be a series of non-intrusive checkins allowing North Americans to pass freely using the OTRA ID system. This OTRA ID system will be co-created with and managed by the Otra Nation. Similar systems are being utilized in Jordan for newly resettled residents.
E-Residency Smart Chip
In addition to creating a secure system for fluid border crossing the OTRA ID also gives e-residency advantages. The ID card and services are built on state-of-the-art technological solutions, including 2048-bit public key encryption. The smart ID card contains a microchip with two security certificates: one for authentication, called PIN1, and another for digital signing, called PIN2. PIN1 is a minimum 4-digit number used for authorization, and PIN2 is a minimum 5-digit number for digital signing.
The ID system will allow free movement between Mexico and the United States. As Otra will fully restore the wetlands, forests, and natural habitats of the boundary line we are looking to eradicate ALL existing physical borders between Mexico and the United States. By the time of full implementation of the OTRA ID system we expect to have full open boundaries between our countries.
22T Hyperloop Transportation System
Collectively the United States and Mexico will spend over $1T on infrastructure construction and renewal over the next ten years. By utilizing pioneering US built technologies we can create the fastest and most sustainable transportation corridor in the world. Starting at San Diego/Tijuana and running between the new trans-national boundary.
The 22T will be one of the fastest and most sustainable transportation systems will traverse the 10km wide regenerative agricultural zone of Otra Nation and through Mexico and the United States.
The citizen-centric principles of Otra nation are built on sharing and dignity. While sharing services will be promoted, such as Lyft, Airbnb, VRBO and others, companies that look to minimize human employment with autonomous vehicles will be prohibited.
Political and Legal Framework
We believe in creating a shared nation with political co-dependence between Mexico and the United States. Otra Nation will be listed as an unincorporated organized territory of both countries, allowing citizens the freedom to live and work in harmony. The self-governing territory with have locally elected governors and territorial legislatures. Additionally a non-voting resident commissioner will be elected to the U.S House of Representatives and another will represent Otra Nation within the Mexican Government.
Otra Nation will sign the Compact of Free Association (COFA), however will have its’ own independent healthcare, education, taxation and free trade agreements. While self-governing we understand that we need broad support of the people, institutions and governments of Mexico and United States. Therefore we are calling for a special bilateral constitutional referendum by citizens of both countries to fund and build Otra Nation together.
The group also published a Change.org petition calling on “the Governments of Mexico and the United States to eradicate the border and co-create Otra Nation.”