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A Viral Video Shows Why Border Walls Are Ineffective

Added 12-06-19 09:21:01am EST - “"We had?championship mountain climbers" who couldn't get over bolstered 30-foot border fencing, President Donald Trump told Fox News in September.” - Reason.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reason.com: “A Viral Video Shows Why Border Walls Are Ineffective”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

"We had…championship mountain climbers" who couldn't get over bolstered 30-foot border fencing, President Donald Trump told Fox News in September. No one, he said, could scale the structure.

A viral video circulating on social media shows a group of migrants climbing over the wall using a ladder and some rope.

And according to a recent Washington Post report, smugglers have been able to saw through the barrier using commonly available cordless saws (this is not a new phenomenon). All of these reports contradict Trump's claim that a border wall would be "virtually impenetrable."

Of course, the wall in 2019 looks much different than the one Trump promised during his 2016 campaign. It's made of steel bollards, as opposed to the "concrete plank" that Trump promised during his campaign. And despite Trump claiming responsibility for building new stretches of border barrier, his administration has focused almost exclusively on renovating existing fencing. 

Will fortifying fencing and building new barriers—at a conservative price estimate of $18 billion—meaningfully impact undocumented immigration and the smuggling of humans and drugs? It's actually tough to measure the wall's impact. 

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