Potential border crossers who encounter a new steel prototype of President Trump’s wall may be able to ditch their shovels as long as they have a good circular saw.
The new wall prototype consisting of steel bollards didn’t hold up when members of the military and border police went at it with ‘common’ tools as part of a test.
Those test results have already been revealed, but
‘There’s nothing that can’t be penetrated, but you can fix it,’ Trump said when asked about the test where a steel barrier was able to be cut through by common tools
‘There’s nothing that can’t be penetrated, but you can fix it. It’s a very difficult thing to do, But that’s a wall, and they have other walls. We have many walls under consideration,’ he said, when asked about it by DailyMail.com on his way to visit the border Thursday.
‘Even concrete, there’s acid that can eat through concrete,’ he said.
The newly-revealed image shows a large gap cut into the wall – and reveals a way potential entrants could make way for movement of either people or smuggled goods even if congressional Democrats did give in to Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion for wall construction in order to reopen shuttered parts of the government.
CUT TO THE CHASE: An image obtained by NBC News reveals the results of a test where security personnel tried to use common tools to penetrate a steel bollard border wall that President Trump wants to build
Trump has recently moved away from his call for a reinforced concrete border wall. In speeches this week, he has called the steel wall a concession to Democrats, and says it would be a boost to the steel industry. He even said he would invite U.S. steel and other steel manufacturers to design it.
The administration ordered testing of eight prototypes installed in Otay Mesa, California.
The Homeland Security Department unveiled two miles of steel slat construction on the border in October.
DHS responded to the network’s report with a long statement noting that even if the wall isn’t impenetrable, by slowing border-jumpers it would provide valuable time for border agents.
‘The steel bollard construction is based on the operational requirements of the United States Border Patrol and is a design that has been honed over more than a decade of use,’ said spokeswoman Katie Waldman.
“While the design currently being constructed was informed by what we learned in the prototypes, it does not replicate those designs,” she continued. “The steel bollard design is internally reinforced with materials that require time and multiple industrial tools to breach, thereby providing U.S. Border Patrol agents additional response time to affect a successful law enforcement resolution.’
‘Even a wall that is being breached is a valuable tool in that it allows us to respond to the attempted illegal entry,’ she said.
But Trump multiple times has called for the wall to be impenetrable, in addition to stating during the campaign that Mexico would pay for it.
“I want nothing to do with Mexico other than to build an impenetrable WALL and stop them from ripping off U.S,’ he tweeted in 2015.