Wanting Open Borders During
Rose Garden Press Availability
In his remarks, the President boasted that the wall he promised to build is now "up to 210 miles long" and predicted that "we'll have it up to almost 500 miles very early next year." Continuing, he said that "by the end of this year we'll be over 400 miles."
Calling the wall "serious" and "very, very powerful," the President asserted that "people are not penetrating it" and that "it will be up there a very long time."
The President accused Democrats of engaging him in a "warlike posture." but mused that, nonetheless, "maybe we can get along."
President Trump asserted during his remarks that getting the money necessary to build the wall was "one of the hardest things I have ever had to do," criticizing Democrats as being "totally opposed to it."
Notwithstanding the President's claims that the wall he is building is "impenetrable," there have been reports of the opposite being the case.
Rolling Stone reported in November of 2019 that "Mexican gangs have been sawing through new sections of the president’s wall using a household tool that is commercially available to everyone." According to the Washington Post during that same month, "U.S. agents and officials with knowledge of the damage" told them that "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,"
Indeed, the Washington Post reported that "[t]he 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.
Continuing, the Washington Post reports that "After cutting through the base of a single bollard, smugglers can push the steel out of the way, creating an adult-size gap. 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,"