President Trump isn’t caving when it comes to having a physical barrier on the border. He’s been gravitating toward “steel slats” rather than a ginormous concrete wall. That’s his big “compromise” with the Democrats. I don’t even know why he’s bothering, because that’s not changing their minds.
Any form of a physical barrier is better than nothing. That goes without saying. However, it looks like there’s a slight weakness with steel slats. They can be sawed through.
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.
When asked about the breach, Trump said “that’s a wall designed by previous administrations.”
DHS spokeswoman Katie Waldman added:
“The steel bollard construction is based on the operational requirements of the United States Border Patrol and is a design that has been honed over more than a decade of use. It is an important part of Border Patrol’s impedance and denial capability.”
“While the design currently being constructed was informed by what we learned in the prototypes, it does not replicate those designs,” said Waldman. “The steel bollard design is internally reinforced with materials that require time and multiple industrial tools to breach, thereby providing U.S. Border Patrol agents additional response time to affect a successful law enforcement resolution. In the event that one of the steel bollards becomes damaged, it is quick and cost-effective to repair.
“The professionals on the border know that a wall system is intended not only to prevent entry, it is intended to defer and to increase the amount of time and effort it takes for one to enter so that we can respond with limited border patrol agents. Even a wall that is being breached is a valuable tool in that it allows us to respond to the attempted illegal entry.”
How do Democrats not understand that? This isn’t complicated.
Bottom line: This doesn’t mean steel slats are stupid. It would STILL stop a whole lot of people from rushing the border. It’s as stupid as saying we shouldn’t bother putting locks on our doors, because someone could break in anyway.
Try again, Dems.
h/t NBC News