November 3, 2019
I liked the steel slats because they were artistic.
But turns out they really suck.
Migrants and smugglers have succeeded in cutting through President Trump’s “virtually impenetrable” border wall using cordless saws that cost as little as $100 apiece at hardware stores. border agents and officials told the Washington Post.
Trump administration officials admitted being aware of “a few instances” in which people-smugglers managed to breach rebuilt sections of the $10 billion wall that Trump once promised Mexico would pay for, the paper reported.
The widely available saws can cut through the wall’s steel bollards within a matter of minutes. The 30-foot-tall panels can then be easily pushed forward, allowing people to pass through.
Most of the reported border crossing involving cuts through the wall have occurred in the busy area near San Diego, the paper said.
Past and present border officials insisted the newly reinforced sections of wall are still harder to cut through than they were before. They attributed the new breaches to the constant innovation of smuggling gangs, which amount to a multi-billion dollar industry of sneaking undocumented immigrants into the U.S.
“They’re not just going to leave San Diego because the wall gets better,” Ronald Vitiello, a former U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief, told the Post. “That’s life on the border.”
You would have thought maybe someone would have thought of this.
Kind of obvious now, looking back.
That’s the way it goes, I guess.
Quite a shame.