Smugglers and human traffickers have reportedly found a way to get past Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall.
According to the Washington Post, U.S. agents and officials have confirmed multiple breaches to new sections of POTUS' long-promised wall. Sources told the outlet that smugglers have used reciprocating saws, which can be purchased for only $100, to cut through the steel and concrete bollards in a matter of minutes. Once the base has been cut, the smugglers are able to push the 18- to 30-feet tall posts to the side, making it possible for people and contraband to go through the structure.
Back in September, Trump visited Otay Mesa, California, to celebrate the completion of a border wall replacement project, which was approved during the Obama administration.
Trump has pushed for the construction of a larger border wall, claiming it would stop the flow of immigrants entering the country illegally. Many experts have questioned the efficiency of the proposed wall, insisting people would find a way to get through or over the structure. Trump, of course, dismissed these doubts and has called the replacement wall "virtually impenetrable."
During the Otay Mesa stop, the president also told reporters his team had enlisted a group of "professional" climbers to ensure the wall could not be scaled.
"We had 20 mountain climbers. That’s all they do; they love to climb mountains. They can have it. Me, I don’t want to climb mountains. But they’re very good. And some of them were champions," he said. "And we gave them different prototypes of walls, and this was the one that was hardest to climb ... This wall can’t be climbed. This is very, very hard."
Well, back in October, an 8-year-old girl was able to climb a replica of the Otay Mesa wall in just a few minutes. Skeptics claimed that the child wouldn't be able to get past the "anti-climb" panel at the top of the wall; however, officials told the Post that smugglers have found a way to get over the wall by using makeshift ladders.
Ronald Vitiello, the former U.S. Border Patrol chief, told the Post smugglers would always find a way to enter the country, no matter how "tough" or big a wall might be.
"The cartels will continue to innovate, and they’re not just going to leave San Diego because the wall gets better," he said. "That’s life on the border."