January 11, 2019
If there’s anything that we took away from 9/11 it was that jet fuel could melt steel beams. And that two planes could take down three towers.
But that’s not all that can cut through steel beams, apparently.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly advocated for a steel slat design for his border wall, which he described as “absolutely critical to border security” in his Oval Office address to the nation Tuesday. But Department of Homeland Security testing of a steel slat prototype proved it could be cut through with a saw, according to a report by DHS.
A photo exclusively obtained by NBC News shows the results of the test after military and Border Patrol personnel were instructed to attempt to destroy the barriers with common tools.
The Trump administration directed the construction of eight steel and concrete prototype walls that were built in Otay Mesa, California, just across the border from Tijuana, Mexico. Trump inspected the prototypes in March 2018. He has now settled on a steel slat, or steel bollard, design for the proposed border barrier additions. Steel bollard fencing has been used under previous administrations.
However, testing by DHS in late 2017 showed all eight prototypes, including the steel slats, were vulnerable to breaching, according to an internal February 2018 U.S. Customs and Border Protection report.
Photos of the breaches were not included in a redacted version of the CBP report, which was first obtained in a Freedom of Information Act Request by San Diego public broadcaster KPBS.
The photo of testing results obtained by NBC News was taken at the testing location along the California-Mexico border, known as “Pogo Row.”
Responding to the picture from the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday morning, Trump claimed “that’s a wall designed by previous administrations.”
While it is true that previous administrations used this design, the prototype was built during his administration.
“It’s very, very hard — the wall that we are doing is very, very hard to penetrate,” Trump said.
What have we learned from the “artistically designed steel slats” vs “actual WALL” debate?
It seems that the Wall wins every time.
Especially considering that you can’t cut through it with regular power tools.
Now, the steel fence might be more aesthetic, but you can’t slide drugs through the metal grating of a wall like you can with the steel fence either, so once again, point Wall.
Also, of all the things to compromise on, the whole fence vs wall debate, was a weird thing to give ground on.
Like, the whole wall debate, in general, is stupid. Yes, a wall is a good symbol and the crowds like it and it will cut down on illegals crossing the desert, but we all know the debate is really about America’s dire demographic situation. Trump – I hope – understands this.
But if you’re just going to focus on the Wall to keep it simple, stupid – then why not stick to your guns?
Did someone in the White House think that steel beams would be more palatable to the Dems? Did someone think that only asking for 5 billion for the fence instead of what it would cost to put up a real wall would make a difference?
The Wall is already a compromise on the whole “get rid of brown people” agenda.
The Moslem ban ended up only going half-way.
I haven’t heard any talk concerning foreign workers coming in on work visas or immigrants overstaying their visas and hunkering down until the next amnesty comes ’round.
But fine – a wall is better than nothing, except its a fence now.
So put yourself in Trump’s shoes for a moment.
People in his own base will now begin to raise concerns about the fence. Trump will have to stay the course and insist that the Wall will work fine. And there you have it: so much for clarity and so much for a clear rallying symbol. All my after the fact rationalization of the White House’s thought process on this issue goes out the window when they decided to switch the Wall out for a fence that can be sawed through.
Not really sure what’s going on here.
But I do like that the government is shut down. I might even prefer that to the Wall tbh – especially when you remember that there are still millions of people coming into the US legally by airplane. At least some government workers might get impoverished and forced to live with them.