President Trump’s Border Wall Blew Over In High Winds And Landed On Mexican Territory—Yes, You Read That Right
A stretch of President Trump’s infamous border wall that was newly constructed in Calexico, California, collapsed and fell into Mexicalli, Mexico due to strong winds this Wednesday. “We have a very powerful wall,” said the president in November, but judging by the photos of the toppled over structure, it doesn’t really look like it.
Newly installed panels from the US border wall fell over in high winds Wednesday, landing on trees on the Mexican side of the border.
This is not an Onion headline.
Trump border wall between US and Mexico blows over in high winds https://t.co/7USnEeLw6O
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) January 30, 2020
Agent Carlos Pitones of the Customs and Border Protection sector in El Centro, California, told CNN that the section of the wall that gave into the wind had recently been set in a new concrete foundation in Calexico, California. The concrete had not yet cured, according to Pitones, and the wall panels were unable to withstand the weather conditions.
The structure landed on trees that prevented it from hitting the ground.
It’s Trump’s wall. You figure it should be able to dodge a draft. pic.twitter.com/WWJ6WIp1gK
— Stone (@stonecold2050) January 31, 2020
Police said it happened a little before 12 p.m. local time. A portion of the wall landed on the trees, preventing it from hitting the ground. It runs about 130 feet in length.
President Trump’s prized border wall succumbed to gusts of less than 40mph.
Strong gusts of wind knocked over new sections of Trump’s border wall into Mexico ???? pic.twitter.com/YilgYEw4hS
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 31, 2020
“Luckily, Mexican authorities responded quickly and were able to divert traffic from the nearby street,” US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent Carlos Pitones said. Nobody is believed to have been injured.
The National Weather Service reported that winds in the area gusted as high as 37 mph Wednesday.
Video from CNN affiliate KYMA shows the metal panels leaning against the trees adjacent to a Mexicali, Mexico, street as the wind whips up dirt from the construction site on the other side of the border.
The fence is part of the Trump administration’s ongoing construction project to stop illegal migration across the 1,954 mile-long (3,145 km) US-Mexico border.
You really can’t make this stuff up… https://t.co/WDQAUsZE0W
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) January 31, 2020
On Tuesday, Mr Trump declared at a campaign event in New Jersey that the wall was “going up at record speed.”A day later, the winds blew a section of newly installed panels against a road in Mexicali, on the Mexican side of the border.
When visiting a section of the wall in California last year, Mr Trump described its concrete and steel slats as “virtually impenetrable.”
First we find out you can cut through the wall with a cheap electric saw, then came it falling over by a gust of wind, and now we find that parts of the wall are worthless because they have to have floodgates open for months on end.
So much waste. https://t.co/HadvzaONUv
— Russell Foster for Congress (TX-04) (@RussellFosterTX) January 31, 2020
Despite three years of slow progress, Trump has pledged to build 450 miles by 2021, in an attempt to boost his electoral chances later this year. While President Trump has often claimed the wall “can’t be climbed”, viral footage has shown multiple people climbing existing portions of the costly barrier, and to-scale replicas, with ease.
Even with funding, the administration will have to fight private landowners whose property may be seized to build barriers along the border.
US heads to court to build Trump border wall in Texas
3 years, almost no land taken so far. But DOJ lawyers have filed three lawsuits now seeking to take landowners property. Much of the land on the border is privately held and environmentally sensitive. https://t.co/MqYpumVH3q
— WᴶEᴼBᴱB ✌???? (@thewebbix) December 21, 2019
As well as facing political and legal challenges, the Trump administration has also had to beat physical obstacles, filing three lawsuits towards the end of 2019 as part of efforts to seize US citizens’ property. The Department of Justice has said it’s preparing to file more lawsuits of the same nature, Associated Press reported in November.
The US president claimed he wasn’t familiar with a Washington Post report suggesting smugglers had cut through.
FUN FACT: Smugglers in Mexico have repeatedly cut holes in Trump’s newly constructed “impenetrable” border wall using power tools, opening gaps large enough for people to pass through.
— Jon Cooper ???????? (@joncoopertweets) November 2, 2019
The Post’s report said that smugglers had succeeded in cutting through sections of the border wall using everyday household power tools. “I haven’t heard that. We have a very powerful wall”, President Trump said. “But no matter how powerful, you can cut through anything, in all fairness. But we have a lot of people watching.”
Customs and Border Protection says local Mexicali officials diverted traffic from the area of the accident, and the agency is working with the Mexican government on the next steps to right the wall. Pitones said it is not currently known how long the construction work in the area will need to be suspended in order to allow for cleanup.