Smugglers in Juárez, Mexico, aren’t the least bit deterred by President Donald Trump’s multibillion-dollar border wall, and are using what are known as camouflage ladders that cost a little more than $5 each in raw material to easily scale the edifice in a matter of minutes, according to the El Paso Times:
“Smugglers in Juárez have engineered camouflage hook-and-ladders made of rebar that blend in so well with the border wall that it can be hard to detect, according to U.S. Border Patrol. The ladders are the same rust brown color as the mesh panels or steel beams of the fence.”
Just this week, the White House called for an additional $3.8 billion to be diverted from the Pentagon to help cover the cost of constructing the president’s long-promised wall, which was a one of his major campaign promises in 2016.
But if a $5 ladder is all one needs to get over the wall, will all the money in the world from whatever federal source make any difference at all?
Here’s how the ladders are made:
“The ladders appear to be made with two poles of 3/8-inch rebar and four thinner poles, outfitted with steps and bent over at the end in a U, to hook on the top of the wall. It’s the sort of cubed rebar support structure used in construction in Mexico, called castillo.”
Total cost of such a ladder? A mere 90 pesos, or $5.30 in U.S. dollars.
U.S. Border Patrol Agent Joe Romero notes that the inexpensive ladders began showing on the El Paso border in May of last year, approximately the same time as the newest section of replacement fencing was completed on that portion of the U.S.-Mexico border:
“Somebody is making money off those ladders. The agents pulled it off the wall and cut it up so it can’t be used again.”
But at a mere five bucks a pop, there’s a good chance there are two ladders yet utilized to replace every one that Romero and his fellow agents toss into the dumpster.
You probably recall the famous line from the Kevin Costner baseball movie “Field of Dreams” in which the main character hears a whisper in his corn field that tells him, “If you build it, they will come.”
Oh, they’ll come all right. And they’ll bring plenty of rebar ladders with them.
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