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Sat Nov 2, 2019, 07:21 AM

Smugglers Cut Through Sections of Trump's Border Wall



Smugglers Cut Through Sections of Trump’s Border Wall
November 2, 2019 at 7:23 am EDT By Taegan Goddard


“Smuggling gangs in Mexico have repeatedly sawed through new sections of President Trump’s border wall in recent months by using commercially available power tools, opening gaps large enough for people and drug loads to pass through, according to U.S. agents and officials with knowledge of the damage,” the Washington Post reports.

“The breaches have been made using a popular cordless household tool known as a reciprocating saw that retails at hardware stores for as little as $100. When fitted with specialized blades, the saws can slice through one of the barrier’s steel-and-concrete bollards in a matter of minutes,.”

“After cutting through the base of a single bollard, smugglers can push the steel out of the way, allowing an adult to fit through the gap. Because the bollards are so tall — and are attached only to a panel at the very top — their length makes them easier to push aside once they have been cut and are left dangling.”

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babylonsister Nov 2 OP
Farmer-Rick Nov 2 #1
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Dennis Donovan Nov 2 #3
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SammyWinstonJack Nov 2 #7
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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Nov 2, 2019, 07:26 AM

1. Medieval wall vs power tools

And the power tool wins again.

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Response to Farmer-Rick (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 2, 2019, 07:34 AM

5. Yep, over, under or around, just about any wall can be breached.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Nov 2, 2019, 07:31 AM

2. Fake News ....Trump in Mississippi said that his wall can't be cut

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Sat Nov 2, 2019, 07:31 AM

3. Here's the WaPo link:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/smugglers-are-sawing-through-new-sections-of-trumps-border-wall/2019/11/01/25bf8ce0-fa72-11e9-ac8c-8eced29ca6ef_story.html

By Nick Miroff

November 2, 2019 at 7:00 a.m. EDT

SAN DIEGO — Smuggling gangs in Mexico have repeatedly sawed through new sections of President Trump’s border wall in recent months by using commercially available power tools, opening gaps large enough for people and drug loads to pass through, according to U.S. agents and officials with knowledge of the damage.

The breaches have been made using a popular cordless household tool known as a reciprocating saw that retails at hardware stores for as little as $100. When fitted with specialized blades, the saws can slice through one of the barrier’s steel-and-concrete bollards in a matter of minutes, according to the agents, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the barrier-defeating techniques.

After cutting through the base of a single bollard, smugglers can push the steel out of the way, allowing an adult to fit through the gap. Because the bollards are so tall — and are attached only to a panel at the very top — their length makes them easier to push aside once they have been cut and are left dangling, according to engineers consulted by The Washington Post.

The taxpayer-funded barrier — so far coming with a $10 billion price tag — was a central theme of Trump’s 2016 campaign, and he has made the project a physical symbol of his presidency, touting its construction progress in speeches, ads and tweets. Trump has increasingly boasted to crowds in recent weeks about the superlative properties of the barrier, calling it “virtually impenetrable” and likening the structure to a “Rolls-Royce” that border-crossers cannot get over, under or through.

The smuggling crews have been using other techniques, such as building makeshift ladders to scale and overtop the barriers, especially in the popular smuggling areas in and around San Diego, according to nearly a dozen U.S. agents and current and former administration officials.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Nov 2, 2019, 07:32 AM

4. $100? Doesn't even take THAT much. I bought a new one at Harbor Freight for $20.

LOL

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Nov 2, 2019, 07:54 AM

6. It's a Perfect, Beautiful Wall

 

Even the "magical wall" that protected Hogwarts was breached. smh...

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Nov 2, 2019, 08:14 AM

7. OMG. #MAGA MEXICANS ALWAYS GET ACROSS.

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Response to SammyWinstonJack (Reply #7)

Sat Nov 2, 2019, 08:39 AM

8. Good one!

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