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Some Drug Smugglers Are Taking Electric Saws to Trump’s Border Wall

The barrier between the U.S. and Mexico is meant to deter illegal immigrants from crossing into our country — now we see a completely new type of lawlessness

People are responding negatively to the news that some smugglers used electric saws on President Donald Trump’s border wall.

Think of it like this.

If a convict breaks out of prison, it doesn’t mean the prison was a waste of money — especially if the prison was and is still under construction.

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In this situation, if agents can’t charge these criminals with smuggling, they can get them on the issue of destroying government property.

The wall was met to be a deterrent, not to end illegal crossings.

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It takes time to cut through the wall or set up ladders.

This gives the border patrol extra hours and days to stop those who want to breach the border wall.

With an open border, 1,000 people could cross at once.

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With a wall, you would need 1,000 ladders or tools to cut 1,000 holes through the fence to make the crossing nearly as fast.

With only one ladder or one hole — it would take a very long time for 1,000 people to cross.

Should we take down prison walls because inmates might dig under, cut, or climb over a wall?

Check this out from The Washington Post on Saturday:

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. (source: The Washington Post)

Current and former Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officials confirmed that even though there have been cutting breaches, the new bollard system remains far superior and more formidable than any previous design.

One thing to remember is that the majority of people who encounter the wall don’t have the tools to cut through it and are stopped.

It is about percentages.

There is no question illegal immigration is down through a mix of different policies under President Trump.

The same people who are against the wall because they see it as representing Trump were for barriers and border security just a few years earlier.

No wall will stop illegal immigrants 100 percent — but it can slow them down.

What the breaches do convey is the utter lawlessness of illegal immigrants. Fully functional sensors should be installed at the same time as the fence is, in my view.

Immigration policies backed up by soldiers ready to be deployed anywhere along with it at a moment’s notice — that would stop this problem.

A version of this piece originally appeared in; this article is used by permission.

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