Smugglers in Mexico are SAWING through sections of Trump’s ‘virtually impenetrable’ border wall using popular power tools that cost less than $100

Saturday, November 2, 2019
By Paul Martin

The Trump’s border wall is being breached by smugglers who are sawing through parts of the barrier
The smuggling gangs from Mexico are using popular power tools like a reciprocating saw to saw through steel and concrete bollards in just minutes
Power tools like a reciprocating saw can cost less than $100 at hardware stores
Breaches have reportedly happened in popular smuggling areas like San Diego
Smugglers are reportedly transporting drugs and people through their man-made gaps in the wall
Trump initially called for a concrete wall, but border agents suggested a bollard system instead
In the past, Trump has called designs for his border wall ‘virtually impenetrable’
The nearly $10 billion project, paid for with taxpayer money, has completed 76 miles so far

2 November 2019

Smuggling gangs in Mexico have continuously sawed through President Trump’s controversial border wall using every day power tools, according the U.S. agents and officials with knowledge of the incidents.

The security breaches, made with a popular cordless reciprocating saw that can sell for less than $100, has been used to open gaps large enough for people and drug loads to filter through.

When fitted with ‘specialized’ blades, the tool can break through one of the wall’s steel and concrete bollards in just minutes.

The Washington Post reports that after slicing through a bollard, smugglers will push the steel out of the way, allowing an adult to fit through the opened space.

Kevin Trumble, a materials engineering professor at Purdue University, and Srinivasan Chandrasekar, an industrial engineering professor at Purdue, both said a skilled person with a reciprocating saw could cut through the bollard.

A severed bollard can allegedly be moved out of the way with a simple car jack.

Chandrasekar said: ‘You could use another device, like an abrasive saw, that would go even faster, but they create sparks because they operate at a high speed.’

They estimate that it would take an operator between 15 to 20 minutes to cut through the bollard, and even less if the operator is working with a team.

Smuggling crews have adapted other ways to scale the wall, like building ladders to hop overtop into popular smuggling areas like San Diego.

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