Test Reveals Steel Border Wall Prototype Can Be Sawed Through
As Donald Trump’s contentious border wall continues to pit the president against House Democrats, tests carried out on a steel-slatted wall prototype exposed glaring vulnerabilities in the president’s design.
Donald Trump has maintained that his pet-project, a 900-mile border wall along the Mexico-U.S. border, is “absolutely critical to border security.” He also sees the wall as a boost to the beleaguered U.S. steel industry. He told reporters, “I’ll have it done by the United States Steel Corp., by companies in our country that are now powerful, great companies again,” NPR reported.
However, recent tests carried out by the Department of Homeland Security on a steel-slat wall prototype showed that the president’s wall design could be breached with a saw.
NBC recently obtained a photograph of the wall prototype following a test in 2017. The photograph clearly shows the result of a saw having cut through the wall.
You mean the govt is shut down for this. Yea this seems logical bc they certainly wouldn’t try to saw through the wall. Can we impeach this pos already pic.twitter.com/ec6MzN9X0G
— holymoly (@holymol86219153) January 10, 2019
In a February 2018 report, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency revealed that testing had indicated all eight steel prototypes were vulnerable to breaching.
While the photograph was not originally included in the internal report, it was subsequently released following a Freedom of Information Act Request by KPBS, a public radio station based in San Diego.
NBC News said that the Department of Homeland Security did not respond to its request for comment.