A man carries a ladder to see the border wall prototypes under construction from Tijuana, Mexico, in October 2017. Getty
People are using $ 5 ladders to climb portions of the $ 15 billion south border wall that was built under the administration of former President Donald Trump, Texas Monthly reported.
U.S. border guards monitoring the wall that was erected along parts of the U.S.-Mexico border often find discarded ladders left by unauthorized migrants crossing along certain parts of the wall into South Texas, the report said .
The Texas Monthly Report quoted Scott Nicol, an activist and Texas resident, as saying, “These ladders are probably $ 5 worth of hardware and they are down a wall that costs $ 12 million a mile in this location. “
He added, “Unlike the wall, these ladders are functional.”
Trump’s promise to build a wall was one of his key election promises in 2016. Since then, it has been reported multiple times that migrants are able to climb parts of the wall and shrink the other side.
A viral video released in 2019 showed a person climb the wall with a ladder and then slide down the other side.
This is the newly replaced wall along the US-Mexico border. #TheWall pic.twitter.com/MIrD3HhVsE
– J. Omar Ornelas (@fotornelas) December 4, 2019
The ladders, often made from reclaimed wood, are reportedly common along the wall between the Texan towns of Granjeno and Hidalgo, while rope ladders are more common higher up the Rio Grande.
Border guards reportedly drive their vehicles over the ladders to destroy them and toss them into piles that must be sent to landfill, Texas Monthly reported.
The line between Hidalgo and Granjeno was built partly under Trump and partly during Barack Obama’s administration, Texas Monthly reported, with the cost of the Trump section of the wall hitting $ 27 million per mile.
Trump’s promise to build a complete 1,000-mile wall along the U.S.-Mexico border never came to an end, Insider’s Tom Porter reported.
During his presidency he built an additional 80 miles of wall and much of his presidency was devoted to reinforcing 400 miles of fences and barriers that had been installed during previous administrations.
He’d promised Mexico would fund the work, but the estimated $ 15 billion came from federal taxes instead.
Source: Business Insider
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