President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border may not be as impenetrable as he wants his supporters to believe.
NBC News reports that a recent Department of Homeland Security test of a prototype steel wall conducted by Marine Corps experts showed that it could be cut through with a saw.
In fact, a photo obtained by NBC reveals that DHS tests lopped off multiple steel slats that the president has insisted will stop undocumented immigrants from coming into the United States.
“Testing by DHS in late 2017 showed all eight prototypes, including the steel slats, were vulnerable to breaching, according to an internal February 2018 U.S. Customs and Border Protection report,” writes NBC News.
A spokesman for the Customs and Border Protection agency defended the wall prototypes in an interview with local news station KPBS.
“[The wall prototypes] were not and cannot be designed to be indestructible,” said the spokesman, who went on to say that the walls are designed to “impede or deny efforts to scale, breach, or dig under such a barrier, giving agents time to respond.”