Prototypes for the proposed physical barrier between Mexico and the U.S. failed to meet the standards of “non penetrable,” with the recently released CBP report revealing that several test teams were able to breach sections of the wall. The heavily redacted report showed how the $20 million Otay Mesa border wall designs will need to undergo significant improvements before any construction plans can be implemented.
In at least one case, test crews were able to make the prototype wall completely “unstable" to the point of collapse. Several breaching scenarios were tested by experts from CBP, U.S. Special Operations Command and members of the U.S. Marine Corps. The tactical teams tested whether they could breach, scale or otherwise penetrate the walls in a real-life scenario along the nearly 2,000-mile southern border to the U.S. The report does not mention tunneling as a potential means of bypassing the proposed border all.
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A CBP representative defended the wall’s failure to stop the tactical teams, noting to KNSD-TV that highly specialized equipment and an excessive amount of planning went into the successful breaches.
“The wall is never going to be all end all, but what it is able to do is it able to slow down illegal traffic crossing the border and gives the border patrol not only a safer environment to work in, but it also allows us time to identify and interdict that traffic and deploy appropriate resources to deal with it,” CBP union spokesman Joshua Wilson said. “What I think we’ll see is […]