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Jan 12 - Test of steel prototype for border wall showed it could be sawed through - DHS
 

 
President Donald Trump has repeatedly advocated for a steel slat design for his border wall, which he described as "absolutely critical to border security" in his Oval Office address to the nation Tuesday. But Department of Homeland Security testing of a steel slat prototype proved it could be cut through with a saw, according to a report by DHS.

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.

The photo of testing results obtained by NBC News was taken at the testing location along the California-Mexico border, known as "Pogo Row."

Responding to the picture from the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday morning, Trump claimed "that’s a wall designed by previous administrations."

While it is true that previous administrations used this design, the prototype was built during his administration.

"It's very, very hard — the wall that we are doing is very, very hard to penetrate," Trump said.

NBC News toured the eight wall prototypes twice before President Trump's March 2018 inspection. According to San Diego Sector Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott, the versions seen by NBC News and the president, however, were larger than the actual prototypes tested at "Pogo Row."

In a statement, DHS Spokeswoman Katie Waldman said, "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."

In response to KPBS, CBP spokesman Ralph DeSio said the prototypes "were not and cannot be designed to be indestructible," but were designed to "impede or deny efforts to scale, breach, or dig under such a barrier, giving agents time to respond."

In his address to the nation Tuesday, Trump said the steel fence design is "what our professionals at the border want and need. This is just common sense."

As a candidate, Trump promised to build an "impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful" wall on the border that would be paid for by Mexico. Before the Oval Office address, the White House's Office of Management and Budget sent a letter to Congress requesting $5.7 billion for the construction of 234 miles of steel barrier.

Amid a government shutdown over his border wall proposal, Trump will travel to McAllen, Texas Thursday to make the case for building the additional border barrier.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D.-Miss., said there is "nothing special" about Trump's wall design.

"President Trump likes to pretend a wall will solve all our problems, but it's been clear for some time that it is little more than a very expensive vanity project," said Thompson. "Whether steel or concrete, there is nothing special about his wall and it will not secure our borders. Democrats are willing to work with the administration to improve our border security, but let's get back to proven and effective solutions."

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13 comments for "Jan 12 - Test of steel prototype for border wall showed it could be sawed through - DHS"

 3 months ago '12        #2
Di Warlord 9 heat pts
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I haven't been in the US since September, but it seems like everyday, there's more and more reasons coming out supporting that the wall is either dumb af or expensive af. Trump is trying really hard to save face on his campaign promise. If he doesn't get the wall, he's shook that opponents will have even more ammo against him in 2020... ammo that he provided all the gunpowder for
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 3 months ago '06        #3
Skateboard T 49 heat pts49
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 Di Warlord said
I haven't been in the US since September, but it seems like everyday, there's more and more reasons coming out supporting that the wall is either dumb af or expensive af. Trump is trying really hard to save face on his campaign promise. If he doesn't get the wall, he's shook that opponents will have even more ammo against him in 2020... ammo that he provided all the gunpowder for
That's exactly the case.

He doesn't give a fu*k about "border security", but he does give a fu*k about his ego, and if he caves on this, he'll look weak. At this point the wall = win and no wall = lose. It's as simple as that as far as he's concerned.
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 3 months ago '05        #4
Fauby 18 heat pts18 OP
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 Skateboard T said
That's exactly the case.

He doesn't give a fu*k about "border security", but he does give a fu*k about his ego, and if he caves on this, he'll look weak. At this point the wall = win and no wall = lose. It's as simple as that as far as he's concerned.
Honestly I don't think it's either. In my opinion trump is trying to get the funding for the wall so he can scheme off the top and line his pockets.

Think about it. He got 1.3 billion last year and only spent 6% which is roughly $78 million. He has not even mentioned the rest of the money and noone is even talking about it.

He probably wants to get all the funding and then "lose" or "miss spend" the money so he can personally profit and line his and his peoples pockets
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 3 months ago '06        #5
Skateboard T 49 heat pts49
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 Fauby said
Honestly I don't think it's either. In my opinion trump is trying to get the funding for the wall so he can scheme off the top and line his pockets.

Think about it. He got 1.3 billion last year and only spent 6% which is roughly $78 million. He has not even mentioned the rest of the money and noone is even talking about it.

He probably wants to get all the funding and then "lose" or "miss spend" the money so he can personally profit and line his and his peoples pockets
His family has made a LOT of money from HUD...
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 3 months ago '12        #6
OldBusiness 178 heat pts178
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 3 months ago '06        #7
LeMar G 250 heat pts250
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 Di Warlord said
I haven't been in the US since September, but it seems like everyday, there's more and more reasons coming out supporting that the wall is either dumb af or expensive af. Trump is trying really hard to save face on his campaign promise. If he doesn't get the wall, he's shook that opponents will have even more ammo against him in 2020... ammo that he provided all the gunpowder for
They shut the govt down for something another country was supposed to pay for

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 3 months ago '13        #8
Taree 9 heat pts
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 Fauby said
Honestly I don't think it's either. In my opinion trump is trying to get the funding for the wall so he can scheme off the top and line his pockets.

Think about it. He got 1.3 billion last year and only spent 6% which is roughly $78 million. He has not even mentioned the rest of the money and noone is even talking about it.

He probably wants to get all the funding and then "lose" or "miss spend" the money so he can personally profit and line his and his peoples pockets
This. He's not making it to 2020.



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 3 months ago '09        #9
messy marv stan 5232 heat pts5232
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 Skateboard T said
His family has made a LOT of money from HUD...

theyl;l make even more money from the hud shutdown smh. toupee signed a bill involving the agency a couple months back. he signed it only because his kids were invbolved in the scam

 3 months ago '07        #10
Damagegadget 495 heat pts495
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yo thats the same type of isht thats already there... besides all that ive seen where the fence ends in san diego, a quick swim is always optional if they dont want to tunnel...smart dumb kcufs.
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 3 months ago '17        #11
dubsax 14 heat pts14
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Done some work in Otay Mesa.
The entire place is filled with industrial buildings that have tunnels.

 3 months ago '18        #12
Sandyy 5 heat pts
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Shid all the nor mexican tunnels they find. Wall not even gonna go under ground this sh*t pointless

Plus most illegals are expired visa cases so theyd already be across the wall.

 3 months ago '16        #13
foshoVoodoo 251 heat pts251
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evidence of trojan horse
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 3 months ago '18        #14
g lobo 
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The wall is a symbol. nothing more nothing less. The people that want it are trying to announce how they feel. I don’t however believe they are speaking for the majority.

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