As Democrats continue to refuse to appropriate money for POTUS Donald Trump’s border wall, leaving several government agencies unfunded and shut down, some have pushed the president to move away from his “wall” and towards accepting a barrier that is something less.
Like, say, a steel slat fence.
But asÂ NBC News reported Thursday, steel slats should no longer be an option for the president because they can be easily breached using common industrial tools.
The network reportedÂ that testing done by the Department of Homeland Security found that the steel slat design being considered as an alternative by POTUS is vulnerable.
“A photo exclusively obtained by NBC News shows the results of the test after military and Border Patrol personnel were instructed to attempt to destroy the barriers with common tools,” the network reported.
EXCLUSIVE: DHS test of steel prototype for border wall, Trump's preference, showed it could be sawed through.
We've obtained a never-before-seen photo.
— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) January 10, 2019
In 2017, the president directed that eight border wall designs be built and tested for their effectiveness. Testing began in December. We reported:
During the procurement process, potential builders were asked to construct walls that also extend at least six feet underground. Diaz said wall depth was evaluated during the construction process.
All eight prototypes were required to be 18-30 feet tall and designed to prevent scaling.
The network reported further:
The Trump administration directed the construction of eight steel and concrete prototype walls that were built in Otay Mesa, California, just across the border from Tijuana, Mexico. Trump inspected the prototypes in March 2018. He has now settled on a steel slat, or steel bollard, design for the proposed border barrier additions. Steel bollard fencing has been used under previous administrations.
The president is in Texas on Thursday for a visit to the border in anticipation of what many believe will be his declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border.
News of this DHS test will likely influence his decision if it reaches him.
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