Day 1,019: Trump’s ‘impenetrable’ border wall is getting penetrated with a $100 saw

2 min readNov 5, 2019


Donald Trump has claimed the replacement barrier at the southern border would be big, beautiful and impenetrable.

Turns out, all it takes is cheap tools to get through it.

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 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.

Ironically, the height of the wall is contributing to it being breached.

Because the bollards are so tall — and are attached only to a panel at the 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.

Smugglers are also able to scale the wall with makeshift ladders.

The wall is costing American taxpayers billions of dollars. Not only is Mexico not paying — as Trump promised — the wall isn’t even working.

1,019 days in, 443 to go

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