BREAKING: Steel prototype for border wall cut through with saw, photo shows

JANUARY 10, 2019

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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 article goes on to state the following:

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.”

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5 Comments

  1. Carla January 10th, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Looks like we are traitors in the head trying to make our president look like a fool. Please President Trump get rid of those trailers that are in your office and your six but I got the news that it never be hap looks like we are traitors in the head trying to make our president look like a fool. Please President Trump get rid of those trailers that are in your office and departments

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  2. Rebecca January 10th, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    No wonder the dems want it. Why don’t we build a wall like Israel has, heard it cannot be pennitrated

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    • Quercus January 11th, 2019 at 9:47 am

      The secure fence act in I believe 2006 provided for 700 miles of double layered fence. Again Congress changed the law allowing DHS to determine where and if the fence was necessary. Of course only a smidge was ever built, because it was effective. Double fence like Israel has with a road between is the only way to really secure the border. That is with the caveat that you have the manpower and resources to patrol it.

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  3. Kelly Stuard-Will January 10th, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Question: how long did it take to cut through. Honestly, I don’t believe that cutting through that will be easy. It would take TIME. The logistics of a quick entry are not really there. Enough for the person(s) to be stopped. I think a nice layer of razor wire at the base and on top would also work well and complement the design.

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  4. Paula January 11th, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    It looks to me as if the steel is thin and hollow but has wood in middle for reinforcement. Why not use cement/concrete reinforcement, or just use concrete, period?

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