Footage has emerged showing a group of men with a rope ladder scaling the US-Mexico border wall that was the cornerstone of Donald Trump’s campaign for the Presidency of the United States. They made seriously short work of it, too.
The wall between the United States and Mexico was all Donnie would go on about during his run for office. Crowds chanting ‘build the wall’ at rallies were frequently heard.
The video, filmed in the El Centro sector of the US border in southern California, shows three men on the Mexican side of the fence with a rope ladder.
Two of the men help the third scramble up and over before making a run for a second fence, which he vaulted with ease. A border patrol van can be seen arriving at the end of the clip.
The US Customs and Border Protection have now confirmed that the man who made it over the wall, a 16-year-old Mexican male, was apprehended by border officials shortly after the video cuts.
A spokesman for Customs and Border Potection said: “Less than 24 hours ago a video showed up on Facebook and Twitter showing an individual climbing the border wall.
“The individual was assisted by a rope ladder and two men on the Mexican side. In the video the individual makes it over the border wall and begins to run north into the United States.
“The border wall system consists not only of physical barriers, but lights, patrol roads and detection technology. While the physical barrier serves to slow down illicit traffic, the detection technology alerts our agents as to where and when threats emerge. The patrol roads allow for a rapid response.
“In this particular incident the border wall system worked exactly as designed. The illicit traffic was slowed down, the detection technology alerted our agents, agents responded, and the subject was apprehended.
“That subject turned out to be a 16-year-old Mexican male. All too often criminal organisations exploit juveniles in this regard. In partnership with the government of Mexico, coordination is currently underway to alert the other two subjects involved in this incident.
“Crossing illegally into the United States is a federal crime. Those who violate the law will be held accountable and there are consequences to these actions.”
Although the climber was apprehended, the ease with which he scaled the wall runs counter to Trump’s earlier claims the border wall can’t be climbed.
Visiting a $150m (£114m) 14-mile stretch of new wall in September, Trump described the fencing as ‘virtually impenetrable’ and hailed the wall as ‘an amazing project’.
He said: “We had 20 mountain climbers. That’s all they do, they love to climb mountains… some of them were champions.
“And we gave them different prototypes of walls, and this was the one that was hardest to climb.”
Confidently, he said: “This wall can’t be climbed.”
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