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MSNBC Was Reporting On the Border Wall Prototypes In San Diego When They Caught Migrants Crossing The Border

“What happened? People are crossing.”

MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff was in Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego this week reporting on the border wall prototypes. The Trump administration chose six companies to design and construct mini walls as an audition to win lucrative contracts to build the president’s “big, beautiful” wall. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) claims that prototypes are being built so they can “evaluate what they need,” according to ABC News.

While Soboroff was speaking with a CBP agent, a group of people climbed over the current border fence and surrendered to CBP once on the U.S. side. Soboroff asked the CBP agent to explain what had just happened.

“This is the reality of every day border enforcement. The United States is still the draw, the ultimate draw, for people that have dire situations where they’re at,” the agent explains. “We’re going to continue to witness this. It plays out on a regular basis for us.”

A new border wall was a central part of Trump’s presidential campaign. Not only did he promise a wall that would span the entire southern border of the U.S., he also insisted he’d make Mexico pay for it. However, both of those assurances have become less and less likely since he has taken office.

First, leaked transcripts of Trump’s first phone call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto revealed that Trump conceded that Mexico would not pay for the wall. However, Trump pleaded with Peña Nieto, asking him not to tell the press about the concession so he could save face.

Second, Congress is not thrilled about approving a budget of more than $21 billion to construct the border wall, with many journalists, political commentators, a majority of Americans and others suggesting that the U.S. should be more concerned with updating the infrastructure in the U.S. instead.

Third, the second largest city in the country, Los Angeles, is looking for ways to legally penalize companies that choose to contribute to the border wall. Some of the things discussed by the Los Angeles City Council range from how companies bidding for city contracts can be scored according to their involvement with the border wall, to flat out denying contracts to border wall participants.

Looks like the “big, beautiful” wall is up against some serious challenges despite all the prototypes that have been erected.


READ: Kat Von D Is Using Her Immigration Story To Take A Stand Against Trump’s Border Wall

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A Letter To Trump Is Written On A Part Of The Berlin Wall Calling Out The Inhumanity Of Walls

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A Letter To Trump Is Written On A Part Of The Berlin Wall Calling Out The Inhumanity Of Walls

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President Donald Trump is still eager to get his wall built at the southern border. It’s happening very, very (very), slowly. The matter of the border wall is actually a big wall of a mess. There are lawsuits going against Trump and his wall, a construction company has been ordered to stop building it, and there is still no direct funding for the wall itself. Yet again, that is his main initiative, and his supporters completely back him on it. It’s not a shocking sight to see Trump supporters picturing themselves in front of the Great Wall of China or the Berlin Wall while using hashtags such as #wallswork. So, it makes sense that people in Berlin are sending a strong message to Trump to show him, walls will only further divide a country, not unite Americans.

A Berlin-based pro-democracy group sent Donald Trump a piece of the Berlin Wall with a persuasive letter denouncing the use of walls to separate people. 

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“On the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we are sending one of the last sections of the infamous wall to Washington, D.C. as a letter to President Trump, to remind him of America’s commitment to build a world without walls. Wall against Walls is an initiative of the citizens of Berlin to express their gratitude for 30 years of freedom.” The project is an initiative by Offene Gesellschaft. 

The gift to the president is a 2.7-ton section of the Berlin Wall, which has been making its way from Berlin all across the country. 

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Here’s a portion of the letter: 

“Dear President Trump, 

This is an original piece of the Berlin Wall. For 28 years, it separated east and west, family, and friends. It divided not only Berlin and Germany but the whole world. Too many people died trying to cross it — their only crime being their desire to be free. Today, the world celebrates the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Germany is united again, and in Berlin, only a few scattered pieces remind us that no wall last forever. We would like to give you one of the last pieces of the failed Berlin Wall to commemorate the United States’ dedication to building a world without walls. 

Citizens of Berlin.”

The letter also added that it was because of former U.S. presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan that the Berlin Wall was able to be demolished.

People are encouraged to sign the letter if they are supportive of their statements. 

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On Nov. 9, they attempted to present the wall to the president in Washington D.C. Fox News reported that “it’s unlikely the Trump administration will accept as it contains a letter reminding the president of ‘America’s commitment to build a world without walls.'”

The wall has now been making its way to various locations across the country where people have been able to experience the Berlin Wall close up. 

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“For every German born after 1989, the Berlin Wall never stood in their way. They never had to experience being separated from their loved ones. They didn‘t have to risk their life in order to be free. They got to go wherever they wanted- because their parents and grand-parents took to the streets. Again. And again. And again. They proved: together, we have the power to overcome everything. Even a wall,” the official Wall Against Walls stated on their Instagram page. 

This wall also made its way to the Mexico border.

An organization from Germany gifted Trump a piece of the Berlin Wall with a message against the use of walls to separate people.
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“On the 5th Day of our trip through the US, the wall against walls made a tour stop with symbolic power – right next to the Mexico-United States border wall,” organizers said. “A brief, silent moment with an incredible emotional power made us think. From the first human settlements until 1848, this stretch of land has never been a border. Tribes, families, and communities lived on both sides of what is now a seemingly infinite fence. It might be considered necessary by some, but this wall is dividing people simply by place of birth. Let’s hope we will find better ways of encouraging those who contribute to our communities and hold responsible for those who don’t. Mr. President, in the words of Ronald Reagan: TEAR DOWN THIS WALL!”

To sign the letter on the Berlin Wall, click here

READ: New Report Confirms That Trump’s Border Wall Is Jeopardizing Native American History And Sensitive Environments

CBP Arrests A 16-Year-Old After Catching Them Using A Remote Control Car To Smuggling Drugs Across The Border

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CBP Arrests A 16-Year-Old After Catching Them Using A Remote Control Car To Smuggling Drugs Across The Border

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Kids are inventive. They are smart and always looking for a new way to show off their brilliant minds. Need proof? Did you not hear about the little 8-year-old Mexican girl who has a higher IQ than that of Albert Einstein? Or how about the 16-year-old that graduated from Harvard University? That innovative way of thinking isn’t always a good thing. Just because a kid figures out how to do something, doesn’t mean they should actually do it. We say this with kindness because as psychologists note, people’s brains aren’t fully formed until they are 25. So, they won’t always make rational decisions. On that note, please excuse the following teenager. 

Border agents apprehended a 16-year-old boy who used a remote-controlled car to transport methamphetamine across the border. 

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On Nov. 17, at about 12:30 a.m., agents noticed a person with two duffel bags. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports that agents followed the individual and discovered that he was a teenager and was also in possession of meth and a remote-controlled car. But how much can a toy car carry anyway? It is tiny, after all.

Agents reportedly detained 50 packages of methamphetamine or about 55.84 pounds of meth that has an estimated street value of $106,096. 

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It wasn’t that long ago that tunnels were discovered at the U.S.-Mexico border and were believed to be used for drug trafficking into the U.S. The arrest by CBP shows the extent and complexity of which drugs are getting across the U.S.-Mexico border. The teenager was able to fit the drug on the remote control car because he had altered the car by removing the top. The drugs fit on the undercarriage of the car to be transported in and out of the U.S. and Mexico on what looks more like a remote control skateboard.

It’s hard to think that this teenage boy was acting alone on either side of the border. His identity has not been revealed since he is underage. 

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The teen was arrested in San Diego, so someone was clearly on one side bringing the meth to the toy car while the boy waited on the other side. But the report doesn’t specify if the kid was transporting the meth to Mexico or bringing meth into the U.S. 

San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison stated, “I am extremely proud of the agents’ heightened vigilance and hard work in stopping this unusual smuggling scheme.”

People on social media gave the kid props for using his clever skills of using a remote-controlled car.

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I respect their game,” one person said on Twiter. “This is innovation lowkey lol” another said. “And they say kids aren’t learning anything in school these days…” They have a point there. 

Others chastised the kid for not thinking things through all the way. “Well, he got caught so he’s not that smart.”  Others pointed out the inventive way this kid beat the so-called wall system that President Donald Trump wants to implement, “But isn’t the wall stopping all the drugs coming in!!”

This is not the first time border agents have detained people of transporting drugs through inventive means.

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In 2017, another San Diego male, this time a 25-year-old used a drone to transport several pounds of methamphetamine across the border. According to a press release by CBP Public Affairs“An agent on an all-terrain vehicle spotted a male suspect at about 11:40 p.m. near the border at Servano Avenue and Valentino Street. The agent approached the man and discovered that he possessed a large open bag that had multiple plastic-wrapped packages containing methamphetamine. After the agent arrested the man, a search of the immediate area was conducted, leading to the discovery of a drone that was concealed under a bush. The drone was approximately two feet in height.”

In that drug bust, the amount the smuggler was caught with 13.44 pounds, which has an estimated street value of $46,000. So that’s only a fraction of what the teen boy had obtained. 

While some may speculate this issue is proof that the United States needs a stronger border, people will find ways to transport drugs. Until both the U.S. and the Mexico governments address that their drug problem is everyone’s problem none of these issues will ever end. 

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