Drone Video of Border Wall Prototypes Accidentally Shows How Worthless the Wall Would Be
US Customs and Border Protection recently released video of
Do you see what I mean? This is supposed to be a wall that, in President Trump's words, is going to stop "drugs from pouring into this country." But the funny thing about a wall is that you can get over it pretty easily these days-especially as drones become more affordable.
Remember the American who was smuggling 13 pounds of meth at a time over the border this summer? He was doing it right near where the border wall prototypes are now being constructed outside San Diego. And President Trump's proposed wall would do nothing to stop a situation like that. The only thing that does work in such cases is what already worked without the wall: agents spotting smugglers at the border.
When I asked CBP about that, they seemed to acknowledge that the wall obviously doesn't do shit on its own.
"Matt, don't forget that there are also agents, sensors, cameras and other technologies monitoring the Border Enforcement Zone," Carlos Diaz, the Southwest Branch Chief for the CBP Office of Public Affairs, told Gizmodo by email. "The combination of those elements allow for the effective and efficient protection of the wall."
The funny thing about Trump's campaign promise to build a wall is that it's not what CBP leadership has repeatedly asked for
over the years
. The agency wants more technology. Precisely the kind of technology that has been employed at the border
, like cameras and sensors. But that's not what President Trump is delivering.
It's estimated the Trump's proposed US-Mexico border wall would cost anywhere from $15 billion on the low-end (according to Republicans like Mitch McConnell ) and $70 billion on the high-end (according to Democratic Senator Kamala Harris ). But no matter what the final cost, Mexico has already said that they won't pay for it.
Whether the wall ultimately gets built or not, it's safe to say that it's not going to be stopping drugs from getting across the border. But at least it'll be incredibly expensive and ugly. Great job, President Trump. We knew we could count on you.